Joint 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. These organisations work together to set national standards for medical school programs and the intern year.

The survey, which is designed to gather information about 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.

The survey has been postponed in 2020 and 2021 due to the impact of COVID and to give the AMC and MBA the opportunity to respond to evaluation recommendations.

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 at

Evaluation of the 2017-2019 AMC-MBA Preparedness for Internship Survey

In March 2020, the Preparedness for Internship Survey Steering Committee made the decision to postpone that year’s planned survey and conduct an outcomes-based evaluation. Data collection for the evaluation was undertaken in 2020, and an evaluation report containing key findings and recommendations is now being finalised.

The final evaluation report will be made publicly available in mid-2021. If you want more details about the evaluation, or to provide comment, please contact the AMC at

Results of the 2019 AMC-MBA Preparedness for Internship Survey

The Australian Medical Council and Medical Board of Australia undertook the 2019 survey of interns in May. 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 national results of the 2019 survey.

Summary of National results

The Survey response rate ranged from 12% to 42% across medical schools. Those medical schools with a low response rate had responses from 2018 and 2019 combined to improve statistical reliability. Please see page 4 of the National Results Report for further details.

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

  • 22% strongly agreed
  • 52% agreed
  • 16% were neutral
  • 9% disagreed
  • 2% strongly disagreed

The survey asked questions about eight skill groups, including core clinical skills, patient-centred care, documentation, hospital systems, procedural skills, self-management, team work, and professionalism.

The 2019 survey results found:

  • A significant overall improvement was recorded from 2018 to 2019 across most skills categories.
  • High ratings were given for core clinical skills such as taking a history and performing a physical examination, some patient-centred skills such as communicating with patients, hospital systems skills such as preventing cross-infection, procedural skills such as IV cannulation and a number of other self-management, team and professional skills.
  • Areas where interns did not feel as prepared included prescribing drugs, providing nutritional care, understanding of data informatics, error reporting, and taking on a teaching role. Some areas with low ratings are currently a focus for improvement, for example, prescribing skills are being addressed through initiatives such as the pilot of the Prescribing Safety Assessment.
  • The level of preparedness for situations requiring support continues to be of concern, although there have been significant year-on-year improvements in most categories. For example, the proportion of respondents feeling either ‘Not at all prepared’ or ‘Poorly prepared’ to raise concerns about bullying or harassment decreased from 33% in 2017 to 30% in 2018 to 24% in 2019.

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 from previous years

2018: Please click here to see detailed national survey results from the 2018 AMC-MBA National Preparedness for Internship Survey.

2017: Please click here to see detailed national survey results from the 2017 AMC-MBA National Preparedness for Internship Survey.



If you have any questions about the survey you can contact the AMC at