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An observational study of emergency department intern activities

Belinda Doherty and Mark A Brown
Med J Aust 2008; 189 (9): 529.
Published online: 3 November 2008

To the Editor: The study of intern activities in Melbourne emergency departments (EDs) highlighted gaps in the ED training of interns.1 In particular, it was shown that interns undertake a low number of procedural tasks. Most did not perform urinary catheterisation, nasogastric tube insertion or reductions of fractures and dislocations, just some of the skills highlighted as important in the Australian Curriculum Framework for Junior Doctors (ACFJD).2 Time pressure on supervisors was cited as a reason for this.

  • Belinda Doherty
  • Mark A Brown

  • NSW Institute of Medical Education and Training, Sydney, NSW.


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