The 2010 Specialist Trainees Survey

Rob D Mitchell, Alexandra L Markwell, Rick J Fielke, Michael A Bonning, Andrew W Perry and Dror Maor
Med J Aust 2011; 195 (7): . || doi: 10.5694/mja11.10825
Published online: 3 October 2011

A view from the front line

In Australia, medical colleges set the standards for specialty education within an accreditation framework managed by the Australian Medical Council (AMC). They also play a critical role in ensuring that vocational trainees are appropriately supervised and supported during their training. Despite the critical value of evaluation in specialty education, it can be difficult to obtain anonymous program feedback from trainees who fear being identified.1-3

  • Australian Medical Association Council of Doctors in Training, Canberra, ACT.



We acknowledge the members of the AMA Council of Doctors in Training and the specialty trainee committees who contributed to survey development. We are grateful for the assistance of the AMA Federal secretariat in data processing and preparation of the final report. The AMA acknowledges the critical role of the colleges in delivering specialist training.

Competing interests:

All authors received travel support to attend meetings of the AMA Council of Doctors in Training. Rob Mitchell, Alex Markwell, Michael Bonning and Andrew Perry have received sitting fees from the AMC for acting as trainee representatives on various AMC committees.

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