Joint AMC – MBA Preparedness for Internship Survey

AMC – MBA Preparedness for Internship Survey

The Preparedness for Internship Survey is run jointly between the Australian Medical Council and the Medical Board of Australia, which set national standards for medical school programs and the intern year.

The survey, which is designed to find out how work-ready interns feel after medical school and improve how medical schools prepare graduates for internship, is sent to all interns in Australia each year.

In 2019, the survey will be open from Thursday 16 May to Friday 31 May.

The survey is online, voluntary and anonymous. Privacy and confidentiality are guaranteed.

The survey has received ethics approval from the Australian National University Human Research Ethics Committee. Please click here for the participant information.

Please click here for FAQs about the survey.

If you have any questions about the survey you can contact the AMC by using the form at the bottom of this page.

Results of the 2018 AMC-MBA Preparedness for Internship Survey

The Australian Medical Council and Medical Board of Australia undertook the 2018 survey of interns in September. The AMC is using feedback from interns received in the survey to drive the scope of its reviews of medical school accreditation standards and the National Internship Framework. Medical schools, intern training accreditation authorities and intern training providers are also using feedback from the survey to support the transition from medical school to internship.

Please Click here to see the de-identified and aggregated results of the 2018 survey.

Summary of National results

On average respondents agreed that medical school prepared them to undertake the role and responsibilities of intern, with the following responses:

  • 20% strongly agreed
  • 55% agreed
  • 15% were neutral
  • 8% disagreed
  • 3% strongly disagreed

Respondents thought medical school has prepared them well in skill areas of:

  • Aspects of core clinical skills such as taking a history and examining patients, and patient-related skills such as communication with patients and involving patients in decisions
  • Other skills such as, preventing cross-infection, ensuring patient safety, IV cannulation, knowing one’s own limitations, participation in multi-disciplinary teams, communication with colleagues and acting in a professional manner

Areas where interns did not feel as prepared included:

  • Prescription of medications and IV fluids, nutritional care, use of data technology, quality improvement, error reporting, coping with uncertainty, and undertaking a teaching role.
  • With regard to issues requiring support, respondents did not feel as prepared when seeking support for psychological distress, bullying and harassment, and for raising concerns about colleagues who were distressed or not performing.

The survey was complemented by supervisor focus groups held in Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth, Sydney and Bega. Supervisors were asked to complete a subset of questions from the main survey as well as being given the opportunity to discuss their impressions of intern preparedness. Survey results showed that, like interns, supervisors considered that medical school prepared students for internship, both in terms of overall preparedness and clinical preparedness.

The results of the survey have been communicated to medical schools and other stakeholders involved in medical education, and has provided a significant improvement in understanding of how best to align training with the real demands of the job.

Thank you to all who participated.



Results of the 2017 Joint AMC/MBA Preparedness for Internship Survey

Please click here to see detailed national survey results.


If you have any questions about the survey you can contact the AMC by using the Contact Form