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02 Aug 2019

Australia’s doctors in training have the chance to tell medical educators, employers, governments and regulators what they think about medical training in Australia.

The Medical Training Survey (MTS) is a new national, professional wide survey that will give Australia’s 30,000 doctors in training a say about the quality and experience of medical training in Australia.

It is open from August 1 to September 30, in line with the annual registration renewal cycle for most trainees.

The survey is based on existing surveys and includes questions about supervision, access to teaching, workplace environment and culture and wellbeing and will identify issues that could impact on patient safety, including environment and culture, unacceptable behaviours and the quality of supervision.

The MTS will be anonymous, confidential and accessible online. Survey results will be used to improve medical training in Australia and be reported publicly, while protecting individual privacy.

The AMA and its Council of Doctors in Training has spent years pushing for the creation of a national training survey to track and compare training across the prevocational and vocational spectrum; in hospitals, primary care and anywhere else doctors in training work.

Now called the Medical Training Survey (MTS), the AMA and AMACDT has been there since its inception.

It has been a team effort to develop, with doctors in training, specialist colleges, employers, educators, the AMA and the Australian Medical Council, working closely with health practitioner regulators to develop the MTS.

There will be five versions of the survey, tailored to specific groups of doctors in training: Prevocational trainees, Specialist non-GP trainees, Specialist GP trainees, Interns and International Medical Graduates. More than 80 per cent of questions are common across the surveys.

The MedicalTrainingSurvey.gov.au website went live on July 22, 2019. It will be a one stop shop with all the information on one place about the MTS. The MTS questions will be published on the website.

It also includes videos from AMA members talking about why doctors in training should get behind the survey.

A similar survey is run in the United Kingdom with results suggesting tangible improvements to the quality of the training experience for doctors in training.

Survey results will build the first comprehensive, national picture of the strengths and weaknesses of medical training across states, territories and medical specialities in Australia. Results will identify current strengths and provide a baseline for ongoing improvements.

The AMA plans to use the results as a direct advocacy tool through both our Federal and State communications networks. It will allow us to identify areas that are performing poorly and advocate directly with the services responsible for the management of these areas. This may be as broad as a national issue (e.g. doctor mental health or a specific training college) or as focused as a local health service or district. It will also allow us to identify areas of positive feedback, facilitating study of what is driving the positive feedback and campaigning at a National or State level for wider adoption of these local practices.

Further information on the MTS is available at:

https://www.medicalboard.gov.au/Registration/Medical-training-survey.aspx

and

https://www.medicaltrainingsurvey.gov.au/

 


Published: 02 Aug 2019