Medical Board of Australia
COVID-19 and intern requirements for 2022

The Medical Board of Australia (the Board) has decided the revised requirements for interns directly affected by COVID-19 will continue for 2022 interns.

In 2020 and 2021, the Board revised requirements for interns who had their rotations interrupted due to COVID-19 related leave or because of redeployment. Acknowledging that COVID-19 outbreaks are likely to continue to cause workforce pressures in 2022, the Board has continued the 2021 changes for 2022 interns directly affected by COVID-19.

The Board expects that interns will complete the core terms and 47 weeks accredited service unless they:

  • had to take genuine COVID-19 related leave (for COVID-19 illness or to isolate), and/or

  • have been redeployed by their health service to meet COVID-19 related workforce needs.

For 2022 interns the requirements are:

1. Interns who have been directly affected by COVID-19 (had to take COVID-related leave):

  • must completed at least 40 weeks full-time equivalent supervised service (a reduction of up to seven weeks from the standard 47 weeks required)

  • can gain their clinical experience in accredited and non-accredited positions

  • do not have to meet the requirement for the usual rotation of medicine, surgery and emergency medical care. The Board will accept clinical experience in any supervised rotations.

The intern will need to provide detail of when the leave was taken and explain the reasons.

2. Interns who have been redeployed as a result of COVID-19:

  • must complete at least 47 weeks full-time equivalent service

  • can gain their clinical experience in accredited and non-accredited positions

  • do not have to meet the requirement for the usual rotations of medicine, surgery and emergency medical care. The Board will accept clinical experience in any supervised rotations.

The Board may request confirmation from the employing health service that the redeployment was the result of COVID-19.

3. Interns who have not been directly affected by COVID-19 or redeployed as a result of COVID-19 must met the requirements in the registration standard Granting general registration as a medical practitioner to Australian and New Zealand medical graduates on completion of intern training. Interns must complete:

  • at least 47 weeks full-time equivalent service

  • all accredited core terms with a minimum of:
    - ten weeks in surgery
    - ten weeks in medicine
    - eight weeks in emergency medical care, and
    - a range of other approved terms to make up a minimum of 47 weeks full-time equivalent service.

For the purpose of granting general registration at the end of the intern year, the Board will continue to accept a report from the Director of Medical Services, Director of Training or another person authorised to sign off intern reports which confirms that each intern has performed satisfactorily during the intern year.

For further information, please visit the Medical Board APHRA website.