Physician Training Survey

The Physician Training Survey is an opportunity for trainees and educators to share their views on workplace training.


The 2022 survey is now open.

Complete the survey for a chance to win* an iPad Pro (256GB, cellular).

*Terms and conditions apply.

Overview

The Survey is an initiative to help improve the quality of education and training experiences for trainees and educators.

The Survey results inform how we can best support and improve training across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. It's independently administered by research company Big Village (formerly ENGINE) and covers broad topics aligned to the Training Provider Standards. The College receives anonymous survey data only.

In 2022, trainees in Australia are invited to provide their feedback through the well-established Medical Training Survey, rather than Physician Training Survey. You can access your Medical Training Survey link at the end of the re-registration process with the Medical Board of Australia.

Access the Physician Training Survey

Big Village will make the survey available through a unique link sent via email and SMS. The 2022 survey has been shortened to take only 15 minutes to complete. We encourage you to complete it honestly and as early as possible.

Effecting change

In response to findings from previous Physician Training Surveys, we:

  • identified training settings and programs with high reported satisfaction ratings
  • provided feedback to training settings with more than 5 responses via an interactive results dashboard
  • identified settings with concerning responses around workload, wellbeing, and workplace culture and asked CEOs to consider and respond to the feedback.

We used the data to underpin our initiatives, including:

Help us help you

Participation is voluntary but low response rates limit our ability to advocate for training improvements. A high level of participation allows us to use the data meaningfully, review Training Provider accreditation and identify areas for improvement. Without your feedback, we can’t advocate on your behalf.

We want trainees and educators to provide honest feedback to help identify where training experiences can be improved. The 2022 survey will help us:

  • understand the extent to which training settings meet the Training Provider Standards
  • identify what’s working well and areas for improving quality and safety
  • identify and address wellbeing and fatigue issues
  • identify where additional support is required for educators
  • provide training settings with data to encourage and focus improvement
  • provide training committees with data to inform accreditation processes
  • monitor longitudinal trends in trainee and educator experiences of our training programs.

The survey results help us meet a specialist medical Training Provider accreditation requirement for the Australian and New Zealand Medical Councils.

Consent

You give your consent when you complete and submit your survey.

You have the right to withdraw your consent at any time without providing a reason and you will not face any consequences for doing so. Contact Big Village to withdraw.

Before data analysis, withdrawing consent will result in the removal of all personal, demographic and response data from survey reports. Once data analysis has begun, individual responses cannot be removed as they have been anonymised.

Survey contents

The survey contains a series of multiple choice questions and one free text question on broad topics aligned to our Training Provider Standards. You can provide further comments about workplace training at the end of your survey.

Survey topics include:

  • learning environment and opportunities
  • training governance and management
  • training resources
  • feedback and assessment
  • workload
  • support and wellbeing
  • supervision and educator capacity
  • COVID-19 impacts

Contacts

Your wellbeing

Some questions may raise sensitive issues. Make a confidential appointment or speak directly with a Converge International consultant by calling 1300 687 327 (Australia) or 0800 666 367 (Aotearoa New Zealand).

Technical support

Big Village (formerly ENGINE)
1800 065 312
supportau@big-village.com

Survey enquiries

For questions about the survey, contact the Training Survey team.


This study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) – Concord Repatriation General Hospital of the Sydney Local Health District 2019/ETH12472. If you have any concerns or complaints about the conduct of the research study, contact the Executive Officer of the Ethics Committee, at SLHD-concordethics@health.nsw.gov.au or +61 2 9767 5622.

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