The MSOD project is a landmark study. Internationally it is the first study to collect data on medical students at the commencement of study, at graduation, and into the postgraduate years.
To collect data from medical students in Australia and New Zealand in order to explore associations between medical course experiences and career aspirations and pathways.
The information gained will inform curriculum development and future medical workforce planning. The project aims to provide information to assist in the resolution of current issues such as the equity of workforce distribution, and the sufficiency of internships, vocational and specialist training pathways to meet career interests as well as the health needs of the public.
The Medical Schools Outcomes Database and Longitudinal Tracking Project (the MSOD project) began in 2005 under the auspices of the Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand, the peak representative body for Australian and New Zealand medical schools.
The University of Otago and the University of Auckland joined the project in 2007, with the support of the Ministry of Health's Health Workforce New Zealand and the New Zealand Medical Students Association, and the approval of the universities' Human Ethics Committees. In 2019, the Ministry and the universities signed a Memorandum of Understanding on sharing de-identified MSOD and workplace data to better forecast workplace demographics.
The MSOD project collects information from medical students' demographics and career intentions and influences on entering medical school, and then at graduation and one-, three-, five- and eight-years after graduation. The type, location, and duration of clinical placements and electives undertaken by participants are collected from their medical school.
Using this longitudinal data the MSOD investigates how the characteristics of students entering the medical school, their experiences while at medical school, and their pathways through pre-vocational and vocational training influence their career destinations. The information gained will be of major importance in curriculum development and in developing more accurate information for future medical workforce planning.
Broad categories of information collected in surveys includes: medical school, gender, age, whether a student is a domestic or international student, rural/urban origin, area of birth, ethnicity, high school, previous tertiary study, marital status, dependents, employment, rural club/association membership, research and electives undertaken, clinical placements, future career plans (discipline and location), and intern placement preferences.
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- Poole P, Wilkinson TJ, Bagg W, Freegard J, Hyland F, Jo E, Kool B, Roberts E, Rudland J, Smith B, Verstappen A. Developing New Zealand’s medical workforce: realising the potential of longitudinal career tracking. NZ Med J 2019;132:1495
- Kent M, Verstappen AC, Wilkinson T, Poole P. Keeping them interested: a national study of factors that change medical student interest in working rurally. Rural and Remote Health 2018; 18: 4872
Reports on combined University of Otago and University of Auckland medical students/graduates.
- National report on students commencing medical school in New Zealand in 2013
- National report on students commencing medical school in New Zealand in 2014
- National report on students commencing medical school in New Zealand in 2015
- National report on students commencing medical school in New Zealand in 2013-2015
- National report on students graduating medical school in New Zealand in 2012
- National report on students graduating medical school in New Zealand in 2013
- National report on students graduating medical school in New Zealand in 2014
- National report on students graduating medical school in New Zealand in 2012–2014
- National report on students graduating medical school in New Zealand in 2015
- National report on students graduating medical school in New Zealand in 2013-2017
- National report on doctors 1 year after graduating from NZ medical schools in 2011-2015
- National report on doctors 3 years after graduating from NZ medical schools in 2011-2013
The MSOD project is the responsibility of a small group of staff from the Otago and Auckland medical schools.
University of Otago
- Professor Tim Wilkinson
- Joy Rudland
- Bruce Smith
- Fiona Hyland
- Anusha Beer
University of Auckland
- Professor Phillippa Poole
- Professor Warwick Bagg
- Dr Bridget Kool
- Dr Charlotte Connell
- Antonia Verstappen
Ministry of Health
- Emmanuel Jo
- Janis Freegard
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you have about the New Zealand project.
Information on the Australian MSOD project is provided by the Medical Deans Australia & New Zealand on the Australian MSOD project website.