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AMA survey of GP registrar and hospital-based specialist trainees

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There are nearly 16,800 vocational trainees undertaking a recognised training program in Australia.

During May, the AMA will be surveying hospital-based specialty trainees and GP registrars on their experiences in order to guide the AMA’s advocacy efforts and provide medical colleges with independent feedback about their training programs.

The AMA Specialist Trainee and GP Registrar Surveys are confidential online surveys that ask trainees about various aspects of their training, including the course curriculum; college assessment and examination processes; the flexibility of the training program; and training costs.

The first AMA Specialist Trainee Survey, conducted in 2010, showed a high level of satisfaction with work and training. It also highlighted several areas that attracted less positive results, including appeals processes, recognition of prior learning, responses to bullying and harassment, and costs. The full results of the 2010 survey can be viewed at: 2010-ama-specialist-trainee-survey-report-findings-oc….

The AMA plans to use the results from this year’s surveys to highlight the strengths and areas for improvement in individual medical college training programs, and to identify emerging issues and trends in vocational training.

AMA Council of Doctors in Training Chair Dr James Churchill said the surveys were an important way of monitoring the experiences of trainees undertaking vocational training programs, and the findings would provide the colleges with important feedback.

“The AMA strongly supports the Australian model of medical vocational training, which does a great job in preparing doctors for independent practice,” Dr Churchill said. “But it’s important that colleges are aware of where they are doing well, and where the overall training experience for trainees could be improved.
“Most colleges already make commendable efforts to get the views of their trainees. Our surveys will cover some aspects of training that the colleges do not necessarily seek feedback on from their trainees.

“The ultimate goal of the surveys is to assist the colleges to maintain the high quality of specialist medical education in Australia.”

In addition to publicly reporting on de-identified survey results, the AMA will communicate survey findings to the medical colleges to assist them with their quality assurance processes.

AMA Council of Doctors in Training has developed and refined two parallel questionnaires for general practice and hospital-based specialist trainees in consultation with college trainee representative groups and the colleges themselves. The questions take into account the Australian Medical Council’s standards for accrediting specialist medical education and training.

The anonymous, ten-minute surveys are open to AMA members and non-members until 30 May 2014. All trainees are encouraged to participate. Complete the survey by the due date to go into the draw to win one of 10 iTunes or Google play gift cards valued at AUD$50 each. *

Go to www.ama.com.au/trainee-survey to complete the Specialist Trainee or GP Registrar Survey.

* In the Australian Capital Territory, only AMA members are eligible for entry into the draw. View the Competition terms and conditions at terms-and-conditions

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