Case Studies

Using the data from the 2019 Medical Training Survey (MTS), the Australian Medical Association (AMA) Councils of Doctors in Training has released its first Specialist Trainee Experience Health Check (STHC).

The STHC provides a comparison of the training experience between different specialty training pathways and identifies areas of excellent experience as well as areas for improvement.

Improving exam feedback, providing access to mental health services, improving pathways to address bullying, harassment and discrimination, providing access to study leave and supporting employment at the endo of training are areas where an ongoing commitment at all levels of training is needed to ensure Australia continues to produce highly qualified doctors.

The AMA hopes that the STHC will be of value to medical colleges, training institutions and other key stakeholders. Click here to read the AMAs STHC.

Agencies across the health sector are using 2019 MTS results to shape medical training, and individual trainees are using the results to guide their training choices.

The Australian Medical Council (AMC) says the MTS has the potential to strengthen further the voice of trainees within its accreditation assessments and monitoring activities and help shape medical training.

Over time, the Medical Training Survey will enable the AMC to build a longitudinal view of how training programs are being experienced by trainees across Australia and whether College initiatives to improve training are having a positive impact from the trainees’ perspective

The Medical Training Survey will become an important data source in AMC accreditation processes, by bringing interns and trainees together with education providers and health services to review training against the AMC’s accreditation standards.

Published MTS results already enable education providers and health services to consider the experience of their trainees, relative to sector-wide results.

In 2020, the AMC has asked Colleges to reflect on 2019 MTS results and consider how, over time, they can be used in evaluation and quality improvement of training programs.

Read more about how the AMC will be using MTS results in accreditation to help secure high quality education in supportive training environments.