FAQ - Myths & Misconceptions

Useful Information for Applicants

HETI evaluates applicants’ experiences through the internship application pathways each year. The information below addresses a number of myths and commonly held misconceptions about medical graduate recruitment in NSW.

It has been claimed by applicants that stacking the network preference list will improve the chances of being allocated to a favourable Network of your choice however, this is NOT the case. Conversely, applicants choosing to stack their network preferences can have a negative impact on the percentage of applicants receiving offers to preferences 1 – 6. HETI strongly advises that applicants should preference networks in descending order according to where they most likely want to work. It is that simple!

The contract offer (formal letter of offer) from your employer states the commencement date of your internship; this means you are accepting that you will begin your internship on this date.  If you do not want to commence your internship in the clinical year you have received an offer for, you will need to decline your formal offer and inform the employer and HETI. Intern recruitment is run annually by HETI, you will still be eligible to apply for future intakes provided you meet the eligibility criteria.

You must select and order your network preferences by the application close date. After the closing date, your preferences cannot be altered.

Accepting an offer from another State or Territory will not impact your eligibility to receive an offer for an internship in NSW. If you do receive and accept an offer in NSW after you have accepted an offer from another State or Territory, you will need to decide which offer you are accepting and which one you will decline. This needs to be completed before the national audit period.

Swapping offers is not facilitated by HETI. The New South Wales Student Medical Council facilitates the intern swaps forum; http://www.nswmsc.org.au/internship.

You are not able to swap your intern position for a vacant position.

If the applicant decides to accept their interstate offer they will need to decline their NSW offer. The vacant position will only be made available to applicants who haven’t recieved an offer from NSW. You will not be able to make a swap for this position.

Applicants can negotiate a swap through the NSW Student Medical Council or through a mutual agreement with another eligible applicant.

If at a later date, an agreed swap does not proceed because an applicant has declined their offer then all applicants involved in the swap will be reverted to their original allocation.

In NSW the RPR pathway is the only pathway that is based on merit. For the Optimised Allocation Pathway the algorithm used to allocate applicants to positions is based on your network preferences and does not make distinctions between applicants based on meritocracy. The focus of the algorithm is to give the best possible outcome for all applicants based on your NSW Health Priority Category.

Offers are made up until the close of National Offer Period 4 or, for applicants who are not holding a position, to the close of the Late Vacancy Management process.

HETI is unable to guarantee that any applicants below category 1 will receive an offer.

This is not the case. All extenuating circumstances applications are reviewed by a committee. If your extenuating circumstances application is granted, your network preference list will be reduced based on the circumstances of your application and/or an assessment of the home hospital within the network.

HETI does not provide this information until the annual report is released at the end of the recruitment process.