Introduction: There is a paucity of literature on research output
of Australasian interns. We have previously shown great interest
among interns rotating in our department to publish or present
their findings from an audit or research project (ARP). The aim of
this study was to examine the output of the intern ARP.
Methods: ARP titles over a five-year period were searched
in academic databases. We compared the output rate from our
institution to a rate estimated a priori from previously published
Results: A total of 186 ARPs were conducted over the study
period. Of these, only two were published (one original article
and one letter) and one was presented at a national conference.
The observed productivity rate was significantly lower than that
of the estimated rate (χ2=4.49, P=0.034).
Conclusion: Despite potential limitations, our study remains
the largest study to report on intern research productivity in
Australasia. It provides evidence of the need for improvement in
and encouragement of research conducted by junior doctors.