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The AMA Specialist Trainee Survey 2014: a survey of hospital-based specialty trainees and general practice registrars

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In 2010, the Australian Medical Association (AMA) conducted its first Specialist Trainee Survey (STS)1 to provide medical colleges with feedback from trainees about key facets of their training and other aspects of their operations.

The AMA repeated the STS in May 2014,2 when it surveyed both hospital-based specialty trainees (the STS) and general practice registrars (the General Practice Registrar Survey) to monitor trends and emerging issues in vocational training.

Overall, hospital-based specialist trainees who responded to the 2014 STS reported a high level of satisfaction with their work and training, and have a more positive view about their training experience than those surveyed 4 years ago.

Trainees continue to express high levels of confidence about their career choice, level of supervision, standard of training, clinical experience and safety of the required working hours (Box 1).

It is notable that trainees’ opinions about whether they are working appropriate hours clearly improved between 2010 and 2014, with the proportion of those agreeing that college training requirements were compatible with safety rising from 69% to 79%. This is consistent with results of the AMA Safe Hours Audit,3 which found that hours of work and levels of fatigue risk have decreased…