Medical Training Review Panel: fourteenth report

Appendix E: Data Specifications

Page last updated: 11 March 2011

To assist in preparation of data inputs data templates and specifications were first developed for the 12th MTRP report. In order to improve data comparability and quality these were refined for the 13th report and the specifications further expanded to cover the prevocational and vocational levels, and international medical graduates and overseas trained specialists for the 14th MTRP report.

The data specifications used in compilation of the 14th report are as follows. These were sent to all jurisdictions, the medical colleges, Australian General Practice Training Ltd and the Australian Medical Council as relevant to the data each provides.

Prevocational training

Definition:Postgraduate training undertaken by junior doctors who enter the medical workforce and international medical graduates who require additional training or supervision.

Postgraduate Year 1 (PGY1)

The year of supervised clinical training completed by graduates of an Australian Medical Council (AMC) accredited medical school and international medical graduates holding an AMC Certificate. This is also known as the intern year.

Postgraduate Year 2 (PGY2)

The year of supervised clinical training and practice, commenced once medical practitioners have completed their internship and gained general medical registration.
Data source:– State and territory health departments

– Australian Medical Council (AMC)
Scope:All junior doctors undertaking postgraduate prevocational training in Australia.

This includes all junior doctors who accepted their applications to commence their training either at the beginning of the academic year or during additional intakes during the given year of data collection.

It also includes International Medical Graduates (IMGs) who have completed the Australian Medical Council (AMC) multiple choice questions (MCQ) and clinical examinations and who must complete a supervised year of training to be eligible for general medical registration.
Statistical unit:Number of doctors
Collection period:Academic year 2010
Guide for use
State/TerritoryThis is the state/territory where training is being provided.

It is not the place of residence of trainees undertaking the vocational training.

Prevocational medical training

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Data itemsValues
Commencing PGY1
Type of traineeAustralian citizen/Permanent resident
Australian trained local (own state)
– Commonwealth supported
– Full fee paying
Australian citizen/Permanent resident
Australian trained local (interstate)
– Commonwealth supported
– Full fee paying
Temporary resident Australian trained
– own state
– interstate
NZ medical school graduate
Australian medical council graduate
SexFemale
State/TerritoryNSW
Vic
Qld
SA
WA
Tas
NT
ACT
Commencing PGY2
Type of traineeAustralian trained in own state
Australian trained interstate
Australian trained temporary resident
NZ medical school graduate
Australian medical council graduate
SexFemale
State/TerritoryNSW
Vic
Qld
SA
WA
Tas
NT
ACT

Vocational training

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Definition:Vocational trainees

Trainees who were successful in their application and are undertaking training in a position supervised by a member of the accredited specialist medical college or other vocational training provider.

It excludes non-Australian trainees who are being trained overseas through an Australian medical college.
Data source:Medical colleges

General Practice Education and Training Limited
Scope:This includes all Australian medical trainees who are:

– undertaking basic or advanced training;
– undertaking their training overseas; and
– undertaking research programs.

It also includes international medical graduates who are registered vocational trainees within the college and are working/training in accredited training positions/posts.

The scope also includes those who are undertaking training on a part‑time basis or who have interrupted their training through approved extended leave.

It excludes those who have withdrawn from their training either on a voluntary basis or have been discontinued by the college or other vocational training provider.
Statistical unit:Number of trainees
Collection period:Calendar year 2010

Latest available data at the specified time of data collection for trainees who have registered for basic or advanced training in 2010.

Calendar year 2009

Examination/Assessment outcome data, new fellow and fellow data are to be reported for the previous year, 2009.
Guide for use
Basic trainingA period of defined training required by some specialist medical colleges to be undertaken in order to meet eligibility criteria for entering an advanced training program.
Advanced trainingA period of defined and structured education and training, that, when successfully completed, will result in eligibility to apply for fellowship of a specialist medical college and/or to practise as a specialist. This may be preceded by completion of basic training requirements.
State/TerritoryThis is the state/territory in which the vocational training is provided by the accredited specialist medical college/faculty or other vocational training provider.

This is not the place of residence of trainees undertaking the vocational training.
State/Territory of fellowsThis is the place of residence of the fellows.
Accreditation approachApproach that is adopted by a college or other vocational training provider whereby a college determines whether its specified requirements for the clinical experience, infrastructure and educational support required of a hospital/training position are met.

Sites, facilities, units, positions, programs or posts may be accredited.

For the purpose of reporting, the accreditation data will be aggregated into two categories: positions/posts and units/sites.
Training discontinuationA trainee is considered discontinued either when he or she has officially withdrawn from the training program, or the college has terminated or dismissed a trainee in accordance with college regulations or employment conditions.

Trainees who have been given approved extended leave are excluded.
Part-time trainingTrainees who have been given approval to undertake training for a period at less than full time during the year of data collection.
Examination outcomeThe total number of trainees who have sat an examination and the number who have sat and passed the examination.

Data excludes exams results from overseas medical practitioners wishing to practise in Australia.

Data excludes those international medical graduates who have been assessed as being partially comparable.
Examination nameThe name of the college training programs for which vocational trainees are being examined as part of their medical college training requirements.

This includes specific examinations undertaken by international medical graduates.
Rural pathwayThe Rural Pathway is designed for doctors undertaking the Australian General Practice Training program who commit to undertake the majority of their training in rural and remote areas of Australia.

For the years of reporting areas were still determined as being rural and/or remote according to the Rural, Remote and Metropolitan Area (RRMA) Classification System. Under this classification Rural Pathway Registrars must complete their training in areas classified as RRMA 3-7.
New fellowA fellow who has been admitted to the specialist college in the year of data collection.

This includes trainees who have completed their training in Australia or overseas.
FellowA medical practitioner, who has been granted a fellowship of the college through completion of a college training program or by other mechanisms.

It includes fellows who have been trained overseas and are accepted by the college to practise in Australia.
It excludes fellows who are residing overseas.

It includes active fellows who have been trained overseas and who either successfully completed assessment or were exempted from assessments for admission into the college.

It excludes those who hold life membership by virtue of their age and those who are retired.

Vocational medical training

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Data itemValues
Accreditation approach
SpecialtyAs denoted by the college
Accreditation approachNumber of accredited positions/posts
Number of accredited units/sites
Basic and advanced training
Specialty nameAs denoted by the college
TraineesNumber undertaking basic training
Number undertaking advanced training
SexFemale
Residency statusAustralian/New Zealand citizen
Permanent resident
Non resident
State/TerritoryNSW
Vic
Qld
SA
WA
Tas
NT
ACT
Part-time statusNumber of advanced trainees undertaking training part-time
Training discontinuationNumber of advanced vocational trainees discontinued
Examination nameAs represented by specific type of programs and/or subjects requiring examination by the college
Examination typeWritten
Clinical
Oral
Fellowship
Vivas
Other
Examination outcomeNumber of trainees sitting examination
Number of trainees passing examination
Basic training –First-year
SpecialtyAs denoted by the college
SexFemale
State/TerritoryNSW
Vic
Qld
SA
WA
Tas
NT
ACT
Advanced training – First-year
SpecialtyAs denoted by the college
SexFemale
State/TerritoryNSW
Vic
Qld
SA
WA
Tas
NT
ACT
GPET
Regional Training ProviderOrganisational name and state/territory location
RegistrarsNumber of general practice registrars
First-year registrarsNumber of first-year general practice registrars
SexFemale
State/TerritoryNSW
Vic
Qld
SA
WA
Tas
NT
ACT
Rural pathway – All trainees
Rural pathwayTotal number trainees in the Rural Pathway
State/TerritoryNSW
Vic
Qld
SA
WA
Tas
NT
ACT
Subspecialties – Advanced trainees
Pathology subspecialtiesAs described by college
Advanced traineesTotal number of advanced trainees
Adult medicine subspecialtiesAs described by college
Advanced traineesTotal number of advanced trainees
Paediatrics and child health subspecialtiesAs described by college
Advanced traineesTotal number of advanced trainees
Surgical subspecialtiesAs described by college
Advanced traineesTotal number of advanced trainees
New fellows
SpecialtyAs represented by colleges
SexFemale
State/TerritoryNSW
Vic
Qld
SA
WA
Tas
NT
ACT
Subspecialty – New fellows
Pathology subspecialtiesAs described by college
New fellowsNumber of new fellows
SexFemale
Adult medicine subspecialtiesAs described by college
New fellowsNumber of new fellows
SexFemale
Paediatrics and child health subspecialtiesAs described by college
New fellowsNumber of new fellows
SexFemale
Surgical subspecialtiesAs described by college
New fellowsNumber of new fellows
SexFemale
Fellows
SpecialtyAs represented by colleges
SexFemale
State/TerritoryNSW
Vic
Qld
SA
WA
Tas
NT
ACT
Overseas trained specialists
Overseas trained specialistsNumber of specialists assessed
Assessment outcomePartially comparable fellowship
Substantially comparable fellowship
Not comparable

International medical graduates
Overseas trained specialists

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Definition:International medical graduate (IMG)

A doctor whose basic medical qualifications were acquired in a country other than Australia.

Overseas trained specialist (OTS)

A doctor whose specialist medical qualifications were acquired in a country other than Australia.
Data source:AMC for pathway data relating to international medical graduates
Medical colleges
Scope:The scope includes IMGs who have applied and whose qualification have been assessed as suitable for entering into the training program to allow them eligibility for fellowship by the college.

It also includes OTSs who have applied to the college and who were assessed as being exempted from any assessment or requiring further assessment to allow them eligibility for fellowship by the college.
Statistical unit:Number of international medical graduates

Number of overseas trained specialists
Collection period:Calendar year 2009

Latest available data at a specified time of data collection for IMGs and OTSs.

International medical graduate and overseas trained specialist

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Data itemValues
AMC pathways for IMGsCompetent authority
Standard pathway (AMC examination)
Standard pathway (workplace based assessment)
Specialist assessment
Type of OTS assessmentPartially comparable fellowship
Substantially comparable fellowship
Not comparable
OTS assessment outcomesExempted from assessment
Assessment required
Supervised training
Other training specified by the college
Other assessment