Podcast: ‘The lost tribe’: The state of medical training in Australia


Almost 22,000 doctors in training, more than half of all trainee doctors in Australia, took part in the Medical Board of Australia survey, which was conducted late last year.

While most trainees rated their training experience highly, one in five reported experiencing bullying, harassment or discrimination, and almost one in two reported an excessive workload that affected their well-being. It’s why many trainees leave the profession – the lost tribe.

In this podcast Dr Hash Abdeen, Chair of the AMAs Council of Doctors in Training, talks to the limbic about how the medical profession’s hierarchal structure continues to breed a culture of systemic bullying, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the profession to look at new approaches to training and assessing junior doctors that could finally address the bottleneck leaving many trainees unable to move out of pre-vocational and unaccredited training.

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