Wasted degrees: hundreds of students may miss internship

The Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) warned last week that with three months until 2013 internships start, 235 medical graduates were yet to gain a position – more than double the shortfall at the same time last year. Typically it takes three months to accredit an intern position.

AMSA president James Churchill said denying medical graduates internships – leaving them unable to become doctors – was a bad return on investment for taxpayers who helped fund the degrees and for the experienced clinicians who educated them without payment.

“It’s a significant waste of