News in brief: December 2009
Two medical students in Australia have offered to work for free when they graduate if it will mean that they can get training jobs. It is in response to fears of a coming paucity of jobs, which threatens to leave some newly qualified doctors unemployed. Although many states in Australia guarantee domestic students an internship, this doesn’t apply to those from abroad.
Mian Bi, a final year student from China, and Shan Siddiqi, a first year student from the United States, say that it would be worth foregoing a year’s salary to get a job that would allow them to fully register as doctors.
Medical schools have warned that they will suffer financially if the lack of jobs means that they are less able to attract foreign students, who often pay higher fees (www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,26302348-23289,00.html).