Benchmarking in Australia using the International Foundations of Medicine Clinical Science Examination

Anna T Ryan, Deborah A O’Mara, Zarrin S Siddiqui, Helena M Ward and James D Fraser
Med J Aust 2016; 204 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/mja15.01377
Published online: 16 May 2016

Demonstration of consistent standards in medical education is an important response to the increasing mobility of the workforce and the propagation of new medical schools around the world.1,2 Five Australian medical schools (at the universities of Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Queensland and Western Australia) collaborated to perform a comparison across the subdisciplines included on the 2014 International Foundations of Medicine Clinical Science Examination (IFOM CSE).3

  • 1 Department of Medical Education, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2 Education Office, Sydney Medical School, Sydney, NSW
  • 3 Education Centre, University of Western Australia, Perth, WA
  • 4 Medicine Learning and Teaching Unit, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA
  • 5 School of Medicine, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD


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