Drunk med student groped two colleagues

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A heavy-drinking medical student accused of sexually assaulting two female colleagues, telling one of them she was a "good girl" while she was falling asleep, can complete his internship.

The 26-year-old man, who cannot be named, entered one of the women's dorm rooms while they were completing a rotation in regional Victoria in May 2019.

He allegedly climbed into bed with the woman, who was falling asleep, and placed his hand inside her pants, groped her bottom, rubbed her breasts and kissed her neck.

The 26-year-old said "I'm so sorry" and "you are a good girl" before he left the room, according to documents published by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal this week.

Another student saw him "crouching" outside the woman's room. But no charges were laid as the woman told police she did not want to proceed with her complaint.

The man was accused of sexually assaulting another woman, with whom he shared an apartment near the overseas hospital they were studying at in June 2019.

He climbed into her bed and groped her breasts before getting out and lying on the floor next to her.

Both women suffered significant emotional impact.

The man later told authorities he had drunk excessively on both occasions.

He had no memory of touching the first woman and he was "shocked, appalled and devastated" to learn of her allegations, according to court documents.

But he did not contest her claims and admitted assaulting the second woman.

He also claimed he drank excessively in response to university and work-related stress but since the allegations had sought professional help to combat his drinking.

VCAT Senior Member John Billings, Member Patricia Molloy and Member Laurie Warfe this week imposed conditions on his medical registration.

He must be supervised in a non-clinical role that does not require patient contact.

They said he poses a public safety risk to colleagues and vulnerable female patients. But this risk had to be managed with "as little damage" to his vocation as possible.

"Suspension of (the man's) registration would seriously interfere with his medical career, especially at his early stage where he needs to complete his internship," Mr Billings, Dr Molloy and Dr Warfe said.

The man has more than 20 weeks of his internship program to complete, which involves two more rotations.

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