Medical Education Collaboration Committee (MECC)
All Australian and New Zealand Medical Schools are represented on the Medical Deans Medical Education Collaboration Committee. These members hold expertise in assessment and engage in both political and practical issues around medical education. MECC members agreed that an Inherent Requirements Working Group be formed to manage the collaborative development of a unified guideline for inherent requirements to study and practice medicine. The main objective is to discuss and develop a definition and framework around inherent requirements for medical practice, with the view to establishing national Good Practice Guidelines.
The Inherent Requirements Working group members are the Deans of Medical Schools. The group meets via teleconference on a number of occasions. The objective of the group is to develop a set of guidelines for Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand (Medical Deans) on inherent requirements for medical students.
The group developed and presented the model set of principles on Inherent Requirements at the 2015 Medical Deans Annual Conference and it has been endorsed as a guideline statement with a 12 month consultation and implementation phase. Consultation was undertaken in 2016 and key stakeholder groups were asked to provide feedback and views. The feedback was considered at the 2016 Medical Deans Annual Conference. The Conference agreed the Inherent Requirements document should continue to specify the requirements and learning outcomes of a medical programme but include an expanded statement at the beginning of the document. The Inherent Requirements Working Group will review the document in line with this decision.
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