Educating Australia’s future doctors

Jennifer J Conn, David A Ellwood and James M Hillis
Med J Aust 2012; 196 (5): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.10968
Published online: 19 March 2012

A new series explores contemporary issues shaping medical school education

Educating our future doctors has never before been such a high-stakes activity. The explosion of medical knowledge, new models of health care delivery, workforce imperatives and demands for greater social accountability are changing educational practice at an international level. Over the past decade, Australian medical schools have been at the forefront of many of these changes, as educators seek to consolidate our reputation as a provider of high-quality medical education.

  • Jennifer J Conn1
  • David A Ellwood2
  • James M Hillis3

  • 1 Department of Medicine, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 School of Clinical Medicine, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT.
  • 3 Doctors in Training Subdivision, Australian Medical Association Victoria, Melbourne, VIC.



We thank Associate Professor Jennifer Weller and Professor Ian Wilson for their helpful comments.

Competing interests:

Jennifer Conn has received consultancy fees from the Australian Medical Council (AMC) for taking part in medical school accreditation panels and advisory groups. David Ellwood is a Director of the AMC and Chair of the Medical Schools Accreditation Committee.


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