If houses, apartments and condominiums brought you to this article, then I’m sorry to tell you this is not about that kind of “residents.” We’re talking about medical practitioners who have already accomplished a medical degree but are taking further training under fully licensed physicians.
According to The Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association Ltd., after a one year internship where medical graduates prove that they are fit to practice, they usually take another two to three years of residency. Also known as house staff, the term “resident” was coined from the fact that these physicians spend most of their time in house (hospitals), thus calling them “residents.”
While internship is now considered as the first year of residency, some people still a couple more years after their first year of training to learn more about being a doctor and how the profession really works. Some also take this opportunity to find out which field to specialize in Ki Residences.
The Medical Student Tsunami
According to the Australian Medical Student Association (AMSA), medical student tsunami is one the biggest problems the medical industry is facing today. Since internship and residency are the first steps to becoming a practicing physician, it is important the medical graduates are provided with the opportunity to enter an internship program.
So far, in an aim to solve the increasing shortage of doctors in the country, the government has developed new medical schools and centres where students looking to take medical degrees can enter. Universities have also increased the number of international students they receive. All these have resulted in considerable growth in med graduates, from 2005’s 1,587 to over 3,340 in 2012.
However, based on AMSA’s Intern and Resident’s Guide 2012, even with the growth in medical graduates, the opportunities for internship are still limited. This is what “medical student tsunami” is.
What needs to be done?
Internship costs the country a lot. For one, the internship accreditation process for schools is a lengthy process that requires funds. The state also has to pay wages to residents, as well as support supervisors. However, this doesn’t mean that the country can’t provide more internship opportunities because of fund shortage. As a matter of fact, in 2010, Health Ministers have already promised to provide more internship places to med graduates.
AMSA notes that what Australia needs to do is to undergo deep research and planning to realize the real needs of the country. Medical schools are not the issue anymore, Australia has more than what it needs. The country now has to work on investing its finances on more quality clinical training opportunities. This, in turn, will help students reach internship, residency and finally become full-fledged doctors in no time. The association, however, notes that everyone has a role in making this work-the federal, state and territory governments, as well as universities.