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Medical Council Announces New Trainee Engagement Initiatives

The Medical Council today (16th December 2013) announced details of two new initiatives to engage medical trainees in its work in education and training: a national trainee experience survey and the establishment of a student and trainee consultative panel.

Speaking about the announcement of these initiatives, Prof Freddie Wood, President of the Medical Council said: “Intern and postgraduate training years are unique experiences that are crucial in shaping our future as doctors. The Medical Council is committed to hearing the views of students and trainees so that we can lead further improvements in the standards of medical education and training. I extend an invitation to all students and trainees to participate in these activities and inform our work in this area.”

A new Council initiative, “Your Training Counts” will invite trainee doctors to tell the Council about their experience of training in Ireland. This survey will be rolled out in 2014, but to ensure that it captures actionable and comprehensive data, the Council is now seeking feedback from trainees, educators and other interested parties to support its development. A consultation document and details on providing feedback can be found at

Ms Caroline Spillane, Chief Executive of the Medical Council added:
“This national trainee experience survey will provide trainees with the opportunity to give structured feedback to the Medical Council on their experience of the learning environment at clinical sites in Ireland as well as views on other key issues including preparedness for transitions in training, career plans, health and wellbeing. It is crucial that we listen to the views of trainees if we are to be effective in responding to their needs. Through improving the experience of trainees today, we want to ensure that patients continue to experience safe, high quality care into the future”.

The Council is also establishing a Student and Trainee Consultative Panel to assist it in better understanding the priorities, challenges and opportunities for improvement as perceived by medical students and doctors in postgraduate training. The panel will comprise 20 students and trainees drawn from undergraduate, intern, basic specialist and higher specialist backgrounds.

The Medical Council is inviting expression of interest from the following groups for participation:
• individuals who are registered as students with approved programmes of basic medical education delivered in Ireland
• doctors in intern training registered as interns in the Trainee Specialist Division
• doctors in specialist training registered in the Trainee Specialist Division

Expressions of interest should be made to