Selection criteria for Australian and New Zealand medical specialist training programs: another under‐recognised driver of research waste

Caitlyn Withers, Christy Noble, Caitlin Brandenburg, Paul P Glasziou and Paulina Stehlik
Med J Aust 2021; 215 (7): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.51250
Published online: 4 October 2021

To the Editor: A significant driver of research waste is the incentive to do research for career progression, rather than for its relevance and patient impact, especially when volume is rewarded over quality.1 We previously found that most specialty training colleges mandate that trainees conduct research, often without requiring research training and appropriate supervision. The focus tends to be on completing projects and leading research, rather than on learning fundamental research principles.2

  • Caitlyn Withers1,2
  • Christy Noble3
  • Caitlin Brandenburg1
  • Paul P Glasziou4
  • Paulina Stehlik1,4

  • 1 Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service, Gold Coast, QLD
  • 2 Griffith University, Gold Coast, QLD
  • 3 University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD
  • 4 Institute for Evidence‐Based Healthcare, Bond University, Gold Coast, QLD


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