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From time-to-time Medical Deans publishes reports and statements to assist medical schools with matters which are common to all programs and where a consistent perspective is appropriate. These provide a framework for each medical school to tailor to their own context, and to share more widely with students and stakeholders the consolidated views and positions of our member schools.

Changing for Good: What We Learned in 2020. The impact of COVID-19 on medical schools Australia and New Zealand

The Medical Deans report ‘Changing for Good: What We Learned in 2020’ charts the early impacts of COVID-19 on medical education in Australia and New Zealand. It explores members’ views of how we might build on some of the innovation and collaboration that occurred, to embed and further drive improvements in medical education and training.

Whilst the impact of the pandemic on medical education was immense and costly – both financially and personally for everyone involved – such a scale of disruption provided a unique opportunity for step-change. Medical Deans and medical schools want to capitalise on the resourcefulness and innovation of 2020 in the ways highlighted in this report.

To fully realise the potential on offer, we seek to work in partnership with all those involved: students, health services, prevocational training, specialist colleges, regulators, and governments.

Professionalism and professional identity of our future doctors

COVID-19 brought about rapid changes, ongoing uncertainties and new teaching approaches in medical education across Australia and New ZealandThe disruption caused by COVID-19 also brought the importance of professionalism to the forefront and highlighted the challenges in defining, teaching, assessing professionalism, and effectively remediating unprofessional behaviour 

To support the medical educators and clinical supervisors at our member schools in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Medical Education Collaborative Committee of Medical Deans established a working group who were tasked with providing practical guidance about how professionalism and professional identity is taught and assessed in the medical program, particularly when navigating the changes brought about by COVID-19 

This report, Professionalism and professional identity of our future doctors, provides an overview of the current approaches to how professionalism is defined, taught, assessed, and remediated across Australian and New Zealand medical schools; common challenges and systemic issues; suggestions on potential areas for future collaboration and further research; and suggested useful resources. 

CPMC Forum Report – Growing our own: A Regional Training Transformation Forum

This report from a forum held on Thursday 31st August convened jointly between the Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges and the Medical Deans of Australia and New Zealand with representation from the Australian Department of Health. The purpose of the forum was to build on work that has already been done, identify champions for change and establish a joint working group that can take forward the development of training programs and workforce models that address regional and rural workforce shortages.

National Intern Work Readiness Forum – Summary of Proceedings

A National Intern Work Readiness Forum was convened to further consider the Review of Medical Intern Training Report’s recommendation relating to intern work readiness in September 2016. The Workshop was jointly sponsored by the Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand and the Health Workforce Principal Committee (HWPC).

Selection Policy Statement

While scholastic performance is highly important, this alone is not enough to ensure we are graduating health professionals who reflect and are responsive to the diversity within the communities they serve; in particular across three key dimensions: 1) ethnicity; 2) socioeconomic status; 3) geography / rurality of origin.

Stage 3 Competencies Project – Final Report

This report examined the assessment of clinical competencies to develop the National Assessment Blueprint for Clinical Competencies for the medical graduate, and provides a comprehensive account of the project‘s methodology, results and final versions of the clinical assessment blueprints.

Harmonisation of Clinical Assessment Tools – Final Report

The aim of this project was to develop, pilot and evaluate a harmonised assessment tool, at a site where multiple medical schools share the same clinical training environment and clinician assessors. This Final Report provides a comprehensive account of the project’s achievements.