Project Description

The Medical Council of New Zealand implemented changes to prevocational training for postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) and 2 (PGY2) doctors. They aimed to ensure public health and safety by providing an improved quality of learning for interns and increased opportunity for interns to learn the broad based competencies needed for medical practice in New Zealand and to gain a general scope of practice.

The Medical Council requested a robust baseline against which the effectiveness of the changes could be measured once the changes have been fully implemented. We developed an evaluation framework with indicators linked to the Medical Council’s logic model. The development of the framework was also informed by a review of relevant documents and interviews with key stakeholders. Baseline data primarily came from three online surveys sent to the 2014 cohort of PGY1 and PGY2 interns, prevocational educational supervisors and clinical supervisors, and RMO unit managers.

Overall, opinions of those responding to the survey were positive about many aspects of prevocational training. The evaluation found that the Medical Council’s proposed changes have the potential to address some of the main concerns and suggestions for improvement that were identified in the baseline data.

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