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Medical Deans collects statistics annually from all member universities on medical student numbers and demographics. These assist with workforce planning and internal benchmarking for all the medical schools. The statistics provide useful patterns and data for all stakeholders in medical education.  The Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing’s Medical Training Review Panel (MTRP) includes statistics from the Medical Deans’ Student Statistics collection as well as the MSOD Project in the MTRP annual report, which is tabled in Parliament.

Data has been collected annually since 1986.  Content and detail have since grown into a more comprehensive collection. Early figures were limited to enrolments and broad developments in the medical schools. The latest annual figures are available in the final quarter of each year.

Annual Tables consist of university-by-university frequency tables on enrolment and graduation statistics.

Snapshots provide tables and graphs provide more detailed information on specific areas of interest, such as gender, Indigenous medical students and rurality, amongst others.

Which statistics are you after – the Medical Deans’ Annual Collection or MSOD data?

The Medical Deans Student Statistics collection is entirely separate to the MSOD Project.  The Medical Deans collection involves gathering frequency tables annually from each medical school.  The source of this data is the medical school itself and the data cannot be traced to individual medical students – it is de-identified.  The MSOD Project administers questionnaires to medical students in their commencing and final years of medical school, in the PGY1/Intern year, and also collects information regarding participants’ electives, placements and enrolment status from medical schools.  The MSOD Project tracks participating individual medical students longitudinally whereas Medical Deans collects data for the entire medical student population but cannot track individual students.  The variables in each collection also differ.

Other sources of information

Examples of other sources to include medical student and workforce data are the following publications from Health Workforce Australia (HWA) and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW):

  1. Australia’s Health Workforce Series – Health Workforce by Numbers, February 2013 (HWA)
  2. Australia’s Health Workforce Series – Doctors in focus 2012  (HWA)
  3. National Health Workforce Series Number 1 – Medical Workforce 2010 (AIHW)
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