PMCT's role is to ensure the provision of high quality training and supervision of Prevocational doctors in public hospitals in Tasmania. It achieves these functions via three broad areas of activity: Education, Accreditation and IMGs
PMCT employs staff in each of the three main public hospitals in Tasmania whose role is to develop, coordinate and evaluate the delivery of dedicated teaching to JMOs in the hospital. These staff are Medical Education Advisors (MEAs) and Directors of Clinical Training (DCTs). They are responsible for ensuring that the JMOs receive appropriate orientation to the workplace, regular dedicated teaching sessions, high quality clinical supervision and structured assessment and feedback about their performance.
PMCT is responsible for ensuring that each hospital provides appropriate support and training for the JMOs employed there, in accordance with standards agreed between PMCT and the Tasmanian Board of the Medical Board of Australia. PMCT undertakes regular structured assessment visits to each site to ensure that these standards are being met.
International Medical Graduates
As a response to the significant shortage of skilled medical staff in Australia, there has been a large increase in the recruitment of International Medical Graduates (IMGs) in all states and territories over the last ten years – as junior medical staff, specialists and general practitioners. The majority of these doctors have been recruited from the Third World and many have experienced considerable difficulty adjusting to Australian medical practice and Australian culture. As a percentage of the medical workforce, Tasmania is more reliant upon IMGs than any other state or territory, with up to 40% of the workforce being composed of IMGs.
PMCT provides significant support to IMGs working in Tasmanian public hospitals. This support includes orientation to the Australian Healthcare system, linkages to bodies such as the Migrant Resource Centre, dedicated teaching for IMGs in the hospitals and occasional courses to improve both clinical and communication skills.