This post courtesy of Anne Taylor-Vaisey: From the February issue of eMJA. Free full text is available
Dowton S.B. Postgraduate medical education: rethinking and integrating a complex landscape. Med J Aust 2005; 182(4):177-180.
· A key responsibility of the healthcare system is to develop a sustainable workforce through education and training.
· The complexity of postgraduate medical education and training in Australia requires:
· recognition that there are many stakeholders (junior medical officers, registrars, teaching clinicians, health departments, governments, colleges and society) with overlapping but competing interests and responsibilities;
· a national dialogue to clarify the necessary resource investments and to assign explicit accountabilities; and
· improved coordination and governance, while maintaining appropriate flexibility.
· In other countries, stronger mechanisms of governance for oversight of postgraduate medical education have emerged, and Australia can learn from these.
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