Medical Training Review Panel: sixteenth report

Appendix E: data Specifications

Page last updated: 09 April 2013

To assist in preparation of data inputs data templates and specifications were first developed for the MTRP 12th 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 MTRP 14th and 15th reports.

The data specifications used in compilation of the MTRP 16th report are as follows. These were sent to all jurisdictions, the medical colleges, Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand Inc, 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.

Postgraduate Year 1 (PGY1)

The year of supervised clinical training completed by graduates of an AMC accredited medical school. This is also known as the intern year.

Postgraduate Year 2 (PGY2)

The year of structured supervised clinical training placements, commenced once medical practitioners have completed their internship and gained general medical registration.

Data source:States and territories health departments
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 IMGs who have completed the 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 trainees/doctors
Collection period:Academic year 2012
Guide for use
State/Territory:This 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 2012

Prevocational medical training
Data itemsValues
Commencing PGY1 trainees
Type of graduateAustralian trained local (own state)
  • Commonwealth supported
  • Full-fee paying
Australian trained local (interstate)
  • Commonwealth supported
  • Full-fee paying
New Zealand medical graduates
Australian trained international medical graduates
  • Own state
  • Interstate
Australian Medical Council graduates
SexFemale
State/TerritoryNSW
Vic
Qld
SA
WA
Tas
NT
ACT
Commencing PGY2 doctors
Type of graduateAustralian trained local (own state)
Australian trained local (interstate)
New Zealand medical graduates
Australian trained international medical graduates
Australian Medical Council graduates
Other/Unspecified
SexFemale
State/TerritoryNSW
Vic
Qld
SA
WA
Tas
NT
ACT

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Vocational training
Definition:Vocational trainee

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.

Data source:
  • Medical colleges
  • General Practice Education and Training Limited
Scope:

The scope includes Australian medical school graduates who are:

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

New Zealand and other international medical graduates who are working/training in an accredited training position/post within Australia are to be included.

Whereas non-Australian medical school graduates who are being trained overseas through an Australian medical college are to be excluded.

The scope 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 2012

Latest available data for trainees who are undertaking basic or advanced training in 2012.

Calendar year 2011

Examination/assessment outcome data, new fellow and fellow data are to be reported for the previous year, 2011.

Definition:Overseas trained specialist (OTS)

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

Data source:Medical colleges
Scope:All overseas trained specialists who have applied to the Australian Medical Council for recognition of their specialty qualifications and who have been referred to the relevant medical college for assessment of the comparability of their qualifications to Australian standards.
Statistical unit:Number of overseas trained specialists
Collection period:Calendar year 2011
Guide for use
Basic trainingA defined period of training required by some specialist medical colleges prior to admission to 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.

Some colleges have an integrated training program and do not have separate basic and advance components. Data on these programs should be included under advanced training.

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 fellowThis is the place of residence of fellows.

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.

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.

Accreditation varies depending upon whether positions or posts, sites, facilities, units or programs are accredited.

Training discontinuationA trainee is considered discontinued either when he or she has officially withdrawn from the training program or the medical college has terminated or dismissed a trainee in accordance with the 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 examination results from overseas medical practitioners wishing to practise in Australia.

Examination results for international medical graduates who have been assessed as being partially comparable are not to be included.

Examination nameThis refers to the name of the college training programs for which vocational trainees are being examined as part of their medical college training requirements.
Rural pathwayRural Pathway registrars undertake their training in rural and remote areas. These areas were previously defined as Rural, Remote and Metropolitan Area (RRMA) classification as areas 3-7. Since 1 January 2010 rural areas have been defined using the Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Area (ASGC-RA) as Remoteness Areas 2-5.
New fellowA fellow who has been admitted to the medical college in the specified year. This includes trainees who have completed their training in Australia or overseas.
FellowA medical practitioner, who has been granted fellowship of the medical college through completion of a college training program or by other mechanisms.

This 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.

Substantially comparable

Medical colleges assess overseas trained specialist to determine whether they meet Australian standards to practise their specialty within Australia.

Overseas trained specialists who are assessed as substantially comparable are eligible to become fellows of the relevant medical college without further examination but may require a period of up to 12 months oversight and peer review prior to admission to Fellowship.

Partially comparablePartially comparable overseas trained specialists require up to two years additional training and/or supervision and formal assessments, prior to being considered to be eligible to become fellows.

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Vocational medical training

Medical colleges
Accreditation approach
Data itemValue
Accreditation approach
SpecialtyAs defined by the medical college
Accreditation approachPositions/Posts
Facilities/Programs
Vocational training
Data itemValues
Basic and advanced training
SpecialtyAs defined by the medical college
SexFemale
State/TerritoryNSW
Vic
Qld
SA
WA
Tas
NT
ACT
Part-time status
Training discontinuation
Country of primary medical qualificationAustralia, New Zealand, UK and Ireland, India, United States, Canada, South Africa, Malaysia, Iran, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Other
Examination typeWritten
Clinical
Oral
Fellowship
Viva
Other
Examination outcomeNumber sitting examination
Number passing examination
Examination name
Basic training – first year
SpecialtyAs defined by the medical college
SexFemale
State/TerritoryNSW
Vic
Qld
SA
WA
Tas
NT
ACT
Advanced training – first year
SpecialtyAs defined by the medical college
SexFemale
State/TerritoryNSW
Vic
Qld
SA
WA
Tas
NT
ACT
GPET – first year trainees
Regional Training Provider
State/TerritoryNSW
Vic
Qld
SA
WA
Tas
NT
ACT
GPET – all trainees
Regional Training Provider
SexFemale
State/TerritoryNSW
Vic
Qld
SA
WA
Tas
NT
ACT
Rural pathway – all trainees
State/TerritoryNSW
Vic
Qld
SA
WA
Tas
NT
ACT
Subspecialty – all vocational trainees
SubspecialtyAs defined by medical college
SexFemale

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College fellows
Data itemValues
New fellows
SpecialtyAs defined by medical college
SexFemale
State/Territory NSW
Vic
Qld
SA
WA
Tas
NT
ACT
Subspecialty – new fellows
SubspecialtyAs defined by medical college
SexFemale
Fellows
SpecialtyAs defined by medical college
SexFemale
State/TerritoryNSW
Vic
Qld
SA
WA
Tas
NT
ACT
Subspecialty –fellows
SubspecialtyAs defined by medical college
SexFemale

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Overseas trained specialists
Data itemValues
Recognition/Fellowship
SpecialtyAs represented by colleges
Type of OTS assessmentSubstantially comparable
Partially comparable
Not comparable
Fellows
SpecialtyAs represented by colleges
SexFemale
International medical graduates
Overseas trained specialists
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 2011.

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

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International medical graduate
Overseas trained specialist 2011
Data itemValues
International medical graduate and overseas trained specialist
AMC pathways for IMGsCompetent authority
Standard pathway (AMC examination)
Standard pathway (workplace based assessment)
Specialist assessment
Type of OTS assessmentSubstantially comparable
Partially comparable
Not comparable
OTS assessment Initial processing
Application deferred
Further training and/or examinations
Application lapsed
Assessed as non-comparable by college
Approved
Withdrawn