Intern logjam could cripple med schools

University of Melbourne researchers released a report last week on migration patterns and early career trajectories of international students, which concluded the shortage of internships could kill off enrolments; “a devastating prospect for the majority of Australian medical schools”.

AMA president Dr Steve Hambleton said some international students already in the system should not have been accepted if they couldn’t be guaranteed intern places.

“If Australian medical schools are not viable [without] international students there is something seriously wrong with the funding for medical schools,” he said.

Dr Hambleton said the lack of an over-arching body to plan medical education meant there was nothing to stop existing student numbers expanding, or the planned schools opening at Curtin and Charles Sturt universities.

A Curtin spokesperson declined to comment, but Charles Sturt University’s Faculty of