Flexible training would benefit doctors with kids

PARENTS graduating with medical degrees should be given time-flexible trainee positions to make entering the workforce easier, doctors say.

Writing in the most recent MJA, Dr Suzanne Mahady, of Sydney’s Westmead Hospital, said more women than men are graduating as doctors in Australia, and more are raising children while going through their trainee roles.

She said current full-time positions put a great deal of time pressure on parents.

“While the current system of specialist training suits most trainees, there is a small and increasing number who would benefit from permanent, flexible training posts across the medical specialties,” Dr Mahady wrote.

Dr Mahady suggests hospitals run trials to test the effectiveness of flexible full-time, part-time and job-sharing roles.

“It is time to systematically assess demand for flexible training, evaluate potential models and introduce pilot positions to modernise