Established in 2004 by Medical Deans, the Medical Schools Outcomes Database (MSOD) is an annual national data collection involving all Australian medical schools. The current survey is administered to all graduating students and collects data on demographics, career intentions, medical school experiences and practise preferences.
Why is the MSOD important?
The MSOD is the only survey that collects data exclusively from medical students on a national scale. The MSOD national dataset now has over 34,000 participants, with this dataset being stored and managed by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
Medical Deans are currently working on a data linkage project with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the Department of Health (DoH). The project will link the MSOD dataset with the Australian Medical Registration dataset and subsequently the National Health Workforce Data Set (NHWDS), providing a powerful tool for medical workforce strategy that will contribute to informing evidence-based policy regarding issues within the Australian health system.
What happens with the data?
Collected data from the MSOD provides the foundation for an annual National Data Report, an important source of information for the medical education and workforce sector. The most recent report can be found by clicking here
The MSOD is an established national resource that generates research outputs and provides valuable information for health and education policy development and workforce planning.