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

2018 AMC-MBA Preparedness for Internship Survey

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, will be sent to all interns in Australia in August 2018.

This is the second year we are running the survey. The AMC is using feedback from interns received in the 2017 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 2017 survey to support the transition from medical school to internship.

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 email at internsurvey@amc.org.au.

RESULTS OF THE 2017 JOINT AMC/MBA PREPAREDNESS FOR INTERNSHIP SURVEY

The Australian Medical Council (AMC) and Medical Board of Australia (MBA) undertook a survey of interns in September 2017, designed to assess how well medical school prepares students for their internship.

Click here to see a powerpoint with detailed results.

The survey was voluntary and anonymous. De-identified data was used in analysis of survey results. After adjustments for incomplete data, 661 responses (representing about 20 per cent of interns) were included in the data set.

Respondents agreed that medical school had prepared them to undertake the role and responsibilities of an intern, with the following responses:

  • Strongly agree:               16 per cent
  • Agree:                                  59 per cent
  • Neutral:                               15 per cent
  • Disagree:                             8 per cent
  • Strongly disagree:           2 per cent.

Respondents thought medical school had prepared them well in skill areas such as:

  • core clinical skills, including taking a history and examining patients, and patient-related skills such as communication with patients and involving patients in decisions
  • other skills such as informatics, preventing cross-infection, IV cannulation, knowing one’s own limitations, and participation in multi-disciplinary teams

Areas in which interns did not feel as well prepared included:

  • prescribing medications and IV fluids
  • nutritional care, error reporting, and certain aspects of familiarity with hospital systems and self-management skills.

Most respondents did not think that medical school had prepared them well for issues such as seeking support for psychological distress, bullying and harassment, or raising concerns about colleagues who were distressed or not performing.

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.

Thanks to all who participated.

If you have any questions about the survey you can contact the AMC by email at internsurvey@amc.org.au.