Risks of complaints and adverse disciplinary findings against international medical graduates in Victoria and Western Australia

Kerry J Breen
Med J Aust 2013; 198 (5): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.11572
Published online: 18 March 2013

To the Editor: While using medical board data for research purposes is very welcome, I have some reservations about ethical aspects of the study by Elkin and colleagues.1 Prospective ethics review of human research is intended to protect participants from foreseeable and avoidable harm. I suggest that, in this instance, avoidable harm has resulted, through generalised adverse and possibly unfair publicity about particular groups of international medical graduates.

  • Kerry J Breen

  • Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.


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