Medical education nears saturation
- Sophie McNamara
MJA Insight, 21 Nov 2011
MEDICAL schools are struggling to provide adequate clinical learning experiences to students, due to increasing numbers of students and changing medical practices.
The number of Australian medical students has increased by 65% since 2004, from about 9000 students in 2004 to 15 000 students in 2010. The number of medical graduates is predicted to increase by 120% from 2004 to 2012, according to the Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA). (1)
In a letter published in the latest MJA, academics involved in medical education at James Cook University, Townsville, and Bond University on the Gold Coast described the challenge of providing high-quality clinical opportunities for their students. (2)
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