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board and the demand is expected to continue for years.
‘‘There’s certainly increasing demand for general practitioners but there always is continuing demand for other specialists in general medicine and psychiatry and anaesthesia,’’ he says.
‘‘While we have increased the number of doctors being trained in Australia . . . by the year 2014, there probably will be a shortage of locally trained doctors.’’
He says medical workers can pursue research, be involved with patients or have roles that use their technical skills.
Dr Lavender says a graduateentry medical program offered at Flinders University as well as postgraduate study opportunities at the University of Adelaide allow students who obtained a bachelor degree in another area to undertake further study to become a medical professional.
Flinders University offers a postgraduate entry to its Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery double degree course for workers with an undergraduate degree who sit for the Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admission Test.
The University of Adelaide has an extensive postgraduate research program covering a variety of health sciences.
‘‘It’s good to have a variety of backgrounds and have a period of time working in another career and bring experience to that,’’ Dr Lavender says. ‘‘They still need to have good grades but they can achieve that in the form of working in another area.’’
Dr Lavender says the hard work of study, which can take at least four years to achieve, is worth it because medicine provides a rewarding career in a variety of work environments.
He says doctors also finish their studies with strong connections with other graduates in the medical field.
Workers with skills in other fields can find it’s not too late to train in medicine.