MSOD and Data Linkage

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The Medical Schools Outcomes Database (MSOD) is a national data collection involving all Australian medical schools and recruiting over 90% of medical students during their medical studies.

MSOD was established in 2004 by Medical Deans as a pilot followed by a full annual national collection from 2005. The national dataset now has over 30,000 participants, initially enrolled in medical school and with the first cohort now having reached PGY5.

The data collection and associated activities have been generously funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health (2004-2011, 2014-2016) and Health Workforce Australia (2012-2013).

The database is now about to realise its full potential as a workforce planning tool as it moves into its exciting new phase.

The new MSOD and Data Linkage Project will enhance the current dataset and build the necessary processes to undertake data linkage across the MSOD, medical registration and national health workforce datasets. Such linkage activities will provide a vital evidence base for predictors of future career choice for junior doctors.

New participants will, at this stage, continue to be recruited annually to the MSOD collection in their final or penultimate year of medical studies. See Medical Student Survey for more information.

For further information about this project please contact Medical Deans office on 02 8084 6557 or

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