NSWMSC Chair, Mr Neel Gobin said that the findings were encouraging, and indicated that the report revealed a great range of effective ideas for improving the quality of the medical internship.
“The medical internship is a crucial part of medical training. While medical students are exposed to the principles of good clinical care, there is still a need for a period of gradual transition from student to doctor in the complex modern health workplace”, Mr Gobin said.
The report outlined a number of important recommendations regarding ways to improve the structure and function of the internship. In addition to these recommendations, there was a call to improve collaboration between universities to help better prepare medical students for the workplace.
"As the report highlights, it is important for universities and other stakeholders in medical training to work together to ensure that medical students are not only observing good clinical care, but are also getting the chance to practice performing crucial skills for good future clinical practice. This will help improve an intern’s performance in any new training system”, Mr Gobin said.
The final report on the National Review of Medical Intern Training can be accessed at http://www.coaghealthcouncil.gov.au/MedicalInternReview.
The NSW Medical Students' Council (NSWMSC) is the peak representative body for state issues affecting medical students.
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