AMA proposes public interest test for more medical schools
The AMA submission on the proposed scope of the review of the Standards for Assessment and Accreditation of Primary Medical Programs (the review) by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) proposes a new standard that would require applications for a new medical school to demonstrate a net public benefit. This should take into account factors such as:
- Medical workforce projections;
- Existing availability of places;
- Impact on existing medical programs;
- Impact on existing teaching resources, taking into undergraduate, prevocational and specialist training;
- Availability of prevocational and vocational training places.
The AMA has also made submissions to the AMC on the education and training programs provided by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.