Job satisfaction of rural medical interns: A qualitative study

Anton N. Isaacs, Anita Raymond, Angela Jacob, Phillipa Hawkings

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Objective: To study reasons for job satisfaction and dissatisfaction among interns.
Design: Using a qualitative methodology, one-to-one interviews were conducted
with interns.
Setting: The study was based at a Victorian Rural Intern Training program.
Participants: Twelve interns from the program were interviewed during their final
Main outcome measures: Reasons for job satisfaction and dissatisfaction among
rural interns.
Results: Reasons for job satisfaction included feeling supported in the workplace
as well as getting quality supervision, teaching and clinical exposure. Reasons for
job dissatisfaction included poor access to administration, unduly stressful working
situations, lack of support for mental health and well-being, and poorly organised
teaching sessions.
Conclusion: The internship experience, together with the people they are influenced
by, can determine a doctor’s future career pathway. It is therefore vital for internship
coordinators and hospital managers to facilitate a positive internship experience. The
findings have implications for human resource management policy and practice in
rural hospitals.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
JournalThe Australian Journal of Rural Health
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 26 May 2020


  • hospitals
  • internship and residency
  • job satisfaction
  • organisation and administration
  • psychosocial support systems
  • teaching

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