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Medical Deans produces a range of reports based on its projects and on matters of significance to medical education and medical students.

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. 

Student Statistics and MSOD National Data Reports

Student Statistics reports – The annual Student Statistics reports provide snapshot and trend information about commencement, enrolment and graduate medical student data across Australia and New Zealand.

MSOD National Data reports – The annual MSOD National Data reports details the data that Medical Deans gathers as a result of the annual Medical Students Workforce Survey (MSWS).The survey captures the details (demographics, career intentions, medical school experiences and practise preferences) of graduating medical students from all current medical schools across Australia.

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).

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.

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.

Medical Deans – AIDA National Medical Education Review – Final Report

The specific objectives of the Review were to document the implementation of the Curriculum Framework and assess the effectiveness of its implementation, to identify examples of best practice in the implementation of the Curriculum Framework, to identify issues impacting on effective implementation of the Curriculum Framework, to document the development of pathways into medicine and retention strategies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. The Final Report provides a comprehensive account of this Review‘s recommendations, methodology and findings.