Read the highlights of recent Committee activities and key issues discussed at the 01-2021 meeting, held on 12 February 2021.
Update from the Fellowship Committee (FC) Chair
I would like to acknowledge how difficult and trying 2020 has been for us all and congratulate everyone on the resilience and adaptability shown by both members and the College alike. We have all proven that in difficult times, we can rise to the occasion and thrive.
I welcome our new trainee representative Dr Hashim Abdeen and new Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (AFPHM) representative Professor Elizabeth Sullivan to the Fellowship Committee. We look forward to working with you both and are very pleased to have you on the Committee.
Conversations with the Board
We are pleased to have had the opportunity to continue to host our Conversations with the Board events virtually this year. Our first two events were held with Tasmanian members on 11 February and with members from the Hunter New England/Newcastle area on 24 February.
The Board and I would like to thank the members who joined us for an open and constructive discussion and encourage you all to continue to attend these events and provide feedback to our College to ensure we continually improve the way we support our members. For more see Board Communiqués and Conversations with the Board (page bottom).
Gender equity in medicine update
The Gender Equity in Medicine Working Group (GEMWG) have developed a work plan that was endorsed by the Fellowship Committee which they will be working towards over the course of 2021. The working group is also planning for an ‘Advancing Women in Healthcare’ session for Congress 2021 which will be held on 5 May from 4.05 to 4.50pm in Melbourne. We encourage members to register to attend this session virtually or in person through the event website.
Recruitment is also underway for members interested in participating in the Gender Equity in Medicine Reference Group (GEMRG). To apply refer to the GEMRG expression of interest.
Library Collections and Cultural Heritage Committee (LCCHC)
The Fellowship Committee approved the LCCHC’s work plan which will guide their work over the next 2 years. The LCCHC are doing some exciting work which includes a video tour of our College’s 145 Macquarie street building and the digitisation of our library archives.The College has published Our heritage on the website. It includes the College roll, College timeline and History of Medicine Library. I encourage you all to visit the Our Heritage page to find out more about the vast history of our College. Work is also underway to develop videos for Congress 2021 which will highlight the introduction of insulin use within Australia in recognition of the 100th year since the discovery of insulin.
The Fellowship Committee has compiled a list of leadership resources developed by the College with the aim of providing a library for members seeking leadership development. The Fellowship Committee is currently looking to work with other College bodies and members who have experience and expertise in leadership to review these resources to ensure they are relevant and of value to members. If you are interested in being involved in this initiative and reviewing our College’s leadership resources, please contact us on Fellowship.Committee@racp.edu.au
I would like to congratulate our College for delivering a successful RACP Online Congress Series in 2020. The Congress 2020 Online Series content was offered free or charge and made available via the RACP eLearning Online Congress Series webpage over a six-month period. It is remarkable to think that our College was able to provide 43.5 hours of content including 27 pre-recorded videos, 25 live webinars and 13 podcasts with such short notice and time to prepare. Equally as impressive is that we had 6,864 unique participants who accessed the RACP Online Congress Series in 2020.
Congress 2021 update
The organisation of Congress 2021 is well underway which will include a comprehensive virtual program complemented by 6 one-day face-to-face gatherings over a two-week period which will also be live streamed to online delegates. All content will be recorded, and the program will be made accessible to all delegates online for up to 6 months. I encourage you all to visit our Congress 2021 website to register and view the program as well as direct any queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr Greg Stewart
Chair, Fellowship Committee