Lack of intern places leaves students feeling ‘betrayed’

THOUSANDS of international medical students are questioning their future in Australia as increased graduate numbers put the squeeze on intern places.

Meanwhile, state training bodies are scrambling to meet what student representatives describe as an “ethical obligation”.

Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) president Robert Marshall said there was a real possibility some international students, who are not guaranteed intern placements like Australian residents, would miss out on places for 2012.

“There is so much pressure on the system as the number of graduates has increased so dramatically,” Mr Marshall said.

He said many of the 2535 international students currently enrolled had accepted places at Australian universities on the assumption that they would go on to work in Australia, and they may find that their Australian qualification did not make them eligible for an internship in their home