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Producing highly-trained, work-ready medical graduates is the fundamental core to the work of medical schools and Medical Deans.  Our Medical Education Collaboration Committee leads our work on education, training and assessment, with their remit to:

  • Provide advice to the Medical Deans’ Executive on practices which lead to excellent performance and ongoing quality improvement of medical education and training, including advice on emerging trends and developments in medical education
  • Lead the development of collaborative medical education policy frameworks seeking input and engagement from across our membership
  • Consider appropriate governance structures and approached to support the development of a trans-Tasman shared assessment collaboration

Working Groups of the Medical Education Collaboration Committee

Assessment Projects Working Group

The Medical Deans’ Assessment Projects Working Group (APWG) is a group established by and reporting to the Medical Education Collaborative Committee with the aim of providing strategic direction to and support on projects related to the assessment and examination of students enrolled in Australian and New Zealand medical schools. One of the current priorities of the working group is to provide expertise and strategic direction for joint Assessment Benchmarking project between Medical Deans and the Australian Medical Council.

Prescribing Skills Assessment Working Group

The Medical Deans’ Prescribing Safety Assessment (PSA) Working Group (PSAWG) is a group established by the Medical Education Collaborative Committee to provide input, direction regarding the feasibility and value to adapt, trial, roll-out, implement and sustain the UK-developed Prescribing Skills Assessment across medical schools in Australia and New Zealand.

Inherent Requirements Review Working Group

The Inherent Requirements Review Working Group was formed in 2019 to review the guideline statement, Inherent Requirements for Studying Medicine in Australia and New Zealand. The guideline statement was developed and published in July 2017. The purpose of the review is to consider the extent to which the guideline is achieving its intended objective of supporting access to prospective students wishing to study medicine whilst ensuring patient safety. The review will also consider any improvements that could be made.

Climate Change and Health Working Group

The Climate Change and Health Working Group was established in 2017 with the aim to develop learning objectives, curriculum and learning resources to ensure medical graduates are competent to:

  • deal with the anticipated adverse health consequences of climate change
  • promote the health co-benefits of actions to address climate change; and
  • be role models and change agents for mitigation and adaptation actions