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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.

Medical Student Clinical Placements as Sites of Learning and Contribution

Experiential learning in clinical environments is key to developing work-ready graduates. For health services providing these workplace environments, there is a cost of supervisor time away from patient care. Universities are under pressure to contribute to the costs of clinical placements, and therefore there is a need to identify the benefits of clinical placements for health services. The current literature on clinical placements focuses on learner-as-consumer rather than learner-as-contributor. This project addresses a significant gap in the research. This report describes the aims, methods, findings, and outcomes of the pilot study Medical student clinical placements as sites of learning and contribution.


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.

Medical Deans Indigenous Student Data Principles and Protocols

Due to the smaller numbers, it is possible for unintended consequences to result from the analysis of data which is focussed on Indigenous populations. In light of this Medical Deans supports the following principles, guidelines and protocols regarding the specific access and research on all its Indigenous medical student data, including MSOD data.

Stage 2 Competencies Project – Final Report

The aim of this project was to identify diagnostic and procedural skills for medical graduates, including mapping to the skills and procedures components of the Australian Curriculum Framework for Junior Doctors and; to refine components of the Competencies Framework to improve its functional use. The Final Report provides a comprehensive account of the project‘s achievements.