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Medical Training Survey results

22 February 2021

The Medical Board of Australia (MBA) and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) have released the results of the 2020 Medical Training Survey (MTS) – the second national survey of doctors in training in Australia.

RANZCOG has written to all trainees and SIMGs about the results, and its response.

In general (across all specialities), the 2020 MTS results are consistent with 2019 MTS data. As the Chair of the MBA acknowledges, there’s a lot going well in medical training in Australia and specialist medical training colleges are doing many things right to keep on producing doctors who can provide patients with high quality care.

View the report for RANZCOG here.

RANZCOG is recognised as the leading provider of education and training in obstetrics and gynaecology. However, the College continually seeks to review and re-evaluate its approaches to education and training to ensure they remain contemporary and of a world class standard. The information captured by the MTS will be added to the feedback trainees provide through RANZCOG’s regular surveys and assessments, to inform its work in strengthening medical training in O&G.

The 2020 pandemic caused significant disruption for all of RANZCOG’s members, not least its trainees – deferment of exams and assessments, changes in rotations and the abrupt cessation of elective surgery. Despite all this, the trainees continued working, studying, and striving for excellence, a testament to their character and commitment. And rather than let the circumstances of 2020 overwhelm, education and examinations were conducted online. This significant shift from face to face was achieved through the combined commitment and ingenuity of trainees, Fellows and staff. RANZCOG has endeavoured to be responsive, and supportive of trainees and SIMGs during the pandemic to ensure that training could continue with as little disruption as possible. At a time of uncertainty, timely communication and providing as much certainty and information as possible to trainees, and SIMGs, was the College’s priority.

Bullying, harassment and discrimination – once again identified in the survey as all too common in medicine, and the wider health sector – have a significant impact on the trainees themselves, as well as patient safety, constructive learning and workplaces in general, and RANZCOG is committed to confronting this issue. Training site accreditation visits will continue to focus on ensuring that hospitals, and other environments where trainees work, are safe and have a supportive workplace culture. The College will continue to evaluate and strengthen the current RANZCOG education training programs. The College will also continue to advocate for system change in areas that affect trainee wellbeing. The Respectful Workplaces Program has been reviewed to ensure the content is current and that evaluation feedback from previous courses has been considered. A project group to further develop the program will be established with a plan to roll out an online program later this year.

RANZCOG’s new Code of Conduct informs external stakeholders about the culture in which the College conducts its work, and is underpinned by the recently established Organisational Values of Excellence, Integrity, Education, Respect, Kindness and Advocacy.

RANZCOG believes a healthy workforce and medical profession is integral to patient safety, quality of care and the sustainability of the medical workforce, and its Wellbeing Position Statement is a guiding document communicating the College's commitment and focus on supporting the health and wellbeing of its trainees, members and staff.

The College will also extend its support to trainees, with the formation of a Mentoring Working Group. The working group will be tasked with developing a framework to help support the career goals and wellbeing of all members, including trainees and SIMGs, by expanding their networks and by fostering social and professional inclusion and information sharing.

This is in addition to RANZCOG’s established Training Support Unit and Member Support Program (Converge).



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