Graduates of the University of Tasmania Medical School:career achievements 10-23 years after graduation
Vial, JH and Muller, HK, Graduates of the University of Tasmania Medical School:career achievements 10-23 years after graduation, Medical Journal of Australia, 168, (1) pp. 31-34. ISSN 0025-729X (1998) [Refereed Article]
Objective: To assess the postgraduate achievements of graduates of the University of Tasmania Medical School. Design: Postal questionnaire survey in October 1994 and March and May 1995. Participants and setting: 262 of the 400 medical graduates of the University of Tasmania who graduated between 1970 and 1983 for whom addresses were held (65.5% response rate). Main outcome measures: Achievement of postgraduate qualifications; senior hospital and university appointments; publications in the medical literature; practice location (rural or urban); and sex distribution. Results: College fellowships had been obtained by 56%, other formal postgraduate qualifications by 24%, MDs or PhDs by 7%, senior hospital appointments by 46%, and senior university appointments by 21%; 30% had published in the medical literature. Equal proportions of men and women had obtained postgraduate qualifications, but women were less likely to have a college fellowship, a senior hospital or university appointment, or to have published (P < 0.05). 56% worked in Tasmania, and of the 95% working in Australia 17% were in rural or remote locations. Conclusions: More than two-thirds of Tasmanian medical graduates achieved postgraduate qualifications and a small majority were practising in Tasmania. Postgraduate career path was significantly influenced by the sex of the graduates.