Physician Training Survey

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

2020 Survey

The 2020 results are now available. See the 2020 Physician Training Survey results (PDF).

Explore the results through the members-only or training setting interactive dashboard:

RACP members dashboard  Training setting dashboard

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 ENGINE and covers broad topics aligned to the Training Provider Standards. We receive anonymous survey data only.

About

The Survey is a quality improvement initiative to help make the education and training experiences of trainees and educators better.

The Australian and New Zealand Medical Councils require us, as part of specialist medical Training Provider accreditation, to collect confidential feedback on the quality of clinical experiences and training supervision and then use this information for analysis and monitoring. The survey results support us in meeting this requirement.

Originally developed from the General Medical Council surveys, the Survey has been contextualised for the local environment, approved by Fellows and tested by trainees and educators.

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

Affecting change

In response to the Physician Training Survey, we:

  • identify training settings and programs with high reported satisfaction ratings
  • provide feedback to training settings with more than 5 responses via an interactive results dashboard
  • identify settings with concerning responses and asked CEOs to consider and respond to the feedback

We use the data to underpin our:

Research provider

We understand Members are concerned about confidentiality, so we’ve engaged a third-party research provider, ENGINE, to administer the Survey. This means we have access to anonymous data only. Data is not reported where there are less than 5 participant responses.

ENGINE is certified to ISO 20252: 2019 and is a member of the Association of Market and Social Research Organisations (AMSRO). Its staff abide by the Australian Market and Social Research Society (AMSRS) Code of Professional Behaviour. See ENGINE’s data protection and privacy policy.

Timing and participation

Participation is voluntary. We strongly encourage all eligible trainees and educators to participate because without your feedback, we can’t advocate on your behalf.

ENGINE makes the Survey available through a unique link sent via email and SMS. It takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete. We encourage you to complete it honestly and as early as possible.

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  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.

Confidentiality

We’re committed to upholding the confidentiality and security of data collected in the Survey. ENGINE will control and anonymise responses. We only have access to anonymous data and we cannot link respondents to their responses. Learn more about our confidentiality commitment.

Protecting your data

We’re committed to protecting your personal information. Learn more about data collection, security and retention.

Survey content

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:

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

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).

Reporting of survey findings

You can request a copy of your answers after submitting the Survey.

An initial analysis of survey findings is completed by ENGINE in the month after the Survey closes. The analysis identifies concerning responses related to patient, educator and trainee safety. Learn more about how we manage potential concerns identified in the survey.

Findings will only be reported in aggregate form. No individual responses will be shared.

We’ll share the findings to those involved in physician training including:

  • Training Provider and health service chief executives
  • Jurisdictions
  • RACP members, including trainees and educators
  • Training Program Directors
  • RACP training, accreditation and education committees

Training Providers will be asked to reflect on their results to identify and action areas for improvement. Results will inform Training Provider accreditation.

To help users uptake and respond to survey results:

  • We provide an interactive results dashboard.
    All RACP members can access the dashboard to explore survey results. If you’re a Director of Physician or Paediatric Education or you’ve been issued with a login due to your role in physician training, you can explore the results for your training setting(s).

  • We summarise results into overarching performance indicators.
    We do this by aligning survey questions with our Training Provider Standards and reporting aggregated results for the questions associated with each standard.

  • We compare results across benchmark groups.
    Training settings can compare their results against those of other similar training settings, programs and regions.

  • We present high-level messages in a summary report, including:
    • respondent demographics
    • results for selected survey questions related to overall satisfaction, workload, wellbeing, training setting governance and management, learning opportunities and educator responsibilities
    • performance indicator heatmaps for different training programs and regions

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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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