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Medical student views about changes to internships in South Australia

Thomas D Crowhurst, John Floridis and Lisa M Raven
Med J Aust 2012; 197 (2): 90-91. || doi: 10.5694/mja12.10278
Published online: 16 July 2012

To the Editor: The South Australian Institute of Medical Education and Training (SA IMET) recently conducted a review of internships in South Australia and proposed three potential changes.1 First, new prevocational training networks would rotate individual interns between more than one major teaching hospital. Under the existing system, most interns remain exclusively at one location, although there is an established southern network incorporating the Flinders Medical Centre, and some other interns undertake one rotation at a rural hospital or general practice. Second, 2-year graduate contracts would replace 1-year contracts. Third, applicants would be allocated internships on “merit” rather than through optimised preferences based on the priority groups used by SA IMET, which give priority to SA graduates and Australian citizens.2

  • Thomas D Crowhurst1
  • John Floridis2
  • Lisa M Raven1

  • 1 Adelaide Medical Students’ Society, Adelaide, SA.
  • 2 Flinders Medical Students’ Society, Adelaide, SA.


Acknowledgements: 

We thank the following individuals who contributed significantly to the student survey and this article: Daina Rudaks, Neville Fields, Candice Houda, Karthik Venkataraman and Georgina Hanuss.

Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.

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