AMD e-Bulletin 3 June

AMD e-Bulletin 3 June 2016

President’s Post

Greetings,

As the new president of the Adult Medicine Division (AMD) I’d like to take the opportunity to introduce myself and outline my vision for the AMD. Firstly I thank Professor John Wilson, the immediate Past-President of AMD, for the tremendous contribution he has made to the College and the Division over many years. The College and the Division are well positioned to support the work of members and our broader health systems as a result of John’s work.

I trained in gastroenterology and acute medicine, largely in Adelaide, and have lived and worked in private and public practice in regional Victoria since 1991. My practice interest has shifted over time to healthcare leadership and management with a particular focus on clinical leadership in safety and quality, in which I’ve undertaken major roles for Victorian and Tasmanian health systems. I now consult to healthcare organisations on these broad areas and have an academic role with Deakin University Medical School, teaching undergraduates and leading the Master of Clinical Leadership program which aims to equip clinicians for leadership roles in Australia’s health system.

I’ve been involved with the College for many years, initially in rural workforce issues and later as a Director of Physician Training, on the National Examination Panel, and more recently as a council member for AMD (2012-present). With my colleague Dr Sarah Dalton, I also led the College’s important work on Physician Performance and Professionalism. I bring to the AMD a deep understanding of the challenges of medical practice in the broader political and social context of modern society, and recognition that these challenges offer enormous opportunities for each of us to improve the care we provide to our patients.

As professionals, we all have an obligation to leave the healthcare system in a better state than we found it. Indeed, the owners of our health systems, our patients and our communities rightly expect that we support them to receive care which is safer, more effective, cheaper and more available.

With this in mind, my priorities for the AMD for the next two years are to continue to develop the critical relationships that the College shares with the specialty societies, to continue to ensure that our training activities are world class, and to ensure that the Division is central to the work of the broader College in advocating for a better health system for our communities.

I look forward to working with colleagues on the new AMD Council, which will meet for the first time in July. At that meeting we will undertake a strategic review and consider how AMD can best support broader College strategy, whilst also helping to address shared priorities of our specialty societies. One issue the Division will need to consider over the next two years is the role and function of the Division within the broader College as we move to a smaller, more skills based College Board in two years’ time.

With over 16,000 members, the Division is the second largest specialty grouping in Australia and New Zealand. We therefore have an enormous influence and I am committed to using this influence both wisely and effectively.

I look forward to continuing to be in touch through our eBulletins, through AMD Council Communiques and other mechanisms from time to time.

I would be delighted to hear from any members of the Division, both Fellows and trainees, with any suggestions to support our shared work. I would encourage you all to consider whether you might become more involved in the work of the Division and the College.

Best wishes,

Grant

A/Prof Grant Phelps
President
Adult Medicine Division

AMD highlights at RACP Congress

Our recent RACP Congress in Adelaide brought together around 1000 physicians. On behalf of the Adult Medicine Division Council I thank the AMD Program working group Professor Bill Heddle, Dr Adam Deane, Dr Jason Fok and Dr Genevieve Gabb for the broad and stimulating program that they presented.

Adult Medicine was spoilt for choice this year with a series of clinical updates delivered by members representing many of our Adult Medicine specialty societies, and also a series of more detailed panel sessions which covered Indigenous health, clinical genetics, the microbiome, post-intensive care syndrome and allergic and non-allergic drug reactions.

AMD was fortunate this year to receive two excellent orations from Professor John Mills, who delivered the Priscilla Kincaid Smith Oration and Professor John Chalmers who presented the Cottrell Memorial Lecture. We also enjoyed a stimulating presentation from Eric Susman Prize recipient, Professor Richard Pestell.

I would also like to congratulate our trainees who were recognised at Congress: Dr Jad Othman who received the Bryan Hudson Medal 2015, our RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence presenters (Dr Maree Azzopardi, Dr Jonathon Fanning, Dr Sarah McGuinness, Dr Alice O’Connell, Dr Jennifer O’Hern, Dr Angela Sheu, Dr Gowri Somarajah and Dr Tom Wang) and Dr Nick Buist who was recognised for Best Poster Prize in Adult Medicine – Trainee 2016.

We are now planning for RACP Congress 2017 titled ‘Bringing Specialists Together – Sharing knowledge, building skills.’

Congress 2017 will be held in Melbourne from Monday, 8 May to Wednesday, 10 May 2017. Register your interest at racpcongress@racp.edu.au 

Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine (AChSHM) Communique

The Communique reporting on the AChSHM Committee April 2016 meeting is now available. Some of the key discussions included:

  • college election cycle
  • curriculum review
  • Indigenous Sexual Health Strategy
  • AChSHM Foundation Awards
  • AChSHM ASM and Trainees’ Day 2017

Download the latest AChSHM Committee communique.

Expressions of Interest

EOI: Positions on the Adult Medicine Division Assessment Committee, closes 10 June

Applications are invited to fill two positions on the Adult Medicine Division Assessment Committee.

A new model of governance for assessment has been approved by the College Board. This new model includes the establishment of an Adult Medicine Division Assessment Committee, reporting to the Adult Medicine Division Education Committee and with links to the College Assessment Committee.

We are seeking Expressions of Interest from RACP Fellows, for the following Committee positions:

  • a member allocated responsibility for assessment guiding learning (formative purpose)
  • a member representing New Zealand interests.

Positions will be appointed for an initial term of two years, with opportunity for renewal.
To request a copy of the Terms of Reference, or for further information, please email examinations@racp.edu.au 

Interested Fellows should submit their CV, together with a short summary of their relevant knowledge and experience in education assessment principles and methodologies, to Dr Mike Tweed, Chair, Adult Medicine Division Assessment Committee, via email: examinations@racp.edu.au

Closing date:  COB Friday, 10 June 2016.

EOI: Appointed Members for the ATC in Geriatric Medicine, closes 13 June 2016

The Advanced Training Committee (ATC) in Geriatric Medicine is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from Geriatric Medicine Fellows to join the ATC as an appointed member. There are currently three vacancies. The Committee oversees Advanced Training in Geriatric Medicine.

The ATC meets via teleconference twice yearly, with up to two face-to-face meetings in Sydney per year. The term of office is for two years, with the option to serve up to a maximum of six years.

Please contact Caroline Atkins via email on geriatrics@racp.edu.au to obtain an EOI form. EOIs are due by COB Monday, 13 June 2016.

EOI: Advanced Training Committee (ATC) in Sexual Health Medicine Appointed Member, closes 1 July

The Advanced Training Committee (ATC) in Sexual Health Medicine is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from Chapter in Sexual Health Medicine Fellows to join the ATC as Appointed Member.

The Committee oversees Advanced Training in Sexual Health Medicine in Australia and New Zealand. There is currently one vacancy.

The ATC meets via teleconference once yearly, with two face-to-face meetings in Sydney per year. The term of office is for two years, with the option to serve up to a maximum of six years.

Please contact Jane Hoare via email on shmedtraining@racp.edu.au to obtain an EOI form. EOIs are due by COB Friday 1 July 2016.

Advanced Training Committee (ATC) in General Medicine Appointed Member, closes 15 July

The Advanced Training Committee (ATC) in General and Acute Care Medicine is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from RACP Fellows to join the ATC as Appointed Member. Please note, while the position is preferably recommended for a NSW-based Fellow, EOIs from non-NSW Fellows will be considered.

The Committee oversees Advanced Training in General and Acute Care Medicine in Australia.There is currently one vacancy.

The ATC meets via teleconference twice yearly, with two face-to-face meetings in Sydney per year. The term of office is for two years, with the option to serve up to a maximum of six years.

Please contact Bev Bucalon via email on generalmedicineadvanced@racp.edu.au to obtain an EOI form. EOIs are due by COB Friday 15 July 2016.

EOI: RACP Western Australia College Trainees’ Committee

Adult Medicine and Paediatrics & Child Health Medicine trainees are encouraged to join the RACP Western Australia College Trainees’ Committee.

This committee sits under the RACP College Trainees’ Committee on which there is an Adult Medicine and Paediatrics & Child Health trainee representative from Western Australia.

These committees aim to advocate for trainees, provide a forum for the views of all trainees and ultimately to enhance the training experience.

The RACP Western Australia College Trainees’ Committee meets four times a year to discuss trainee related issues, as well as organising events such as the Basic Training Orientation and Advanced Training Forum for WA trainees, an initiative the committee started in 2014.

If you are interested in joining the RACP Western Australia College Trainees’ Committee, please send an email to Helen Prince, Member Support Officer, RACP WA, at Helen.Prince@racp.edu.au.

EOI: General Paediatrics Project Reviewers

The Advanced Training Committee in General Paediatrics is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from Paediatric and Adult Medicine Fellows to assist with marking General Paediatrics research projects.

Currently there are two project submission deadlines per year; 31 March and 31 August. The ATC is looking to increase this to up to four submission rounds per year in the near future.

Project reviewers will assist the ATC in General Paediatrics as the second reviewer for up to five projects each quarter, in the first instance. Orientation and training on the process will be provided.

More information on the research project requirement for General Paediatrics Advanced Training can be found on pages 21 to 22 of the handbook.

For further enquiries, and to obtain the EOI form, please contact Rebecca Lewis via email on GeneralPaedsAdvanced@racp.edu.au.

Career Opportunities

No career opportunities advertised this week.

Conferences and Events

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians publishes notices of events and courses as a service to members. Such publication does not constitute endorsement or mandating of any such events or courses.

ASHM Hepatitis C Webinar series: HCV - Engaging PWID in care, 14 June 2016, Online

Venue: Online
Date: Tuesday, 14 June 2016
For more information, see the event website.

ANZSPM Aotearoa 2016, 1 to 3 July 2016, Auckland

Venue: Francis Fennell Education Centre, Totara Hospice, Auckland
Date: Friday 1, to Sunday 3 July 2016
For more information, see the event website.

RCPA A Heart with Mary Sheppard, 21 to 23 July, Sydney

Venue: RCPA Alan Ng Education Centre, Surry Hills
Date: Thursday, 21 to Saturday, 23 July 2016
For more information, see the event website.

Genetics for Trainees, 30 July, Melbourne

Venue: Ella Latham Lecture Theatre, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne
Date: Saturday 30 July 2016
For more details and to register please visit the event webpage.

Pain Management in Patients with End Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD): An Evidence-Based Approach, 30 July 2016, Sydney

Venue: St George Hospital Auditorium, Kogarah
Date: Saturday, 30 July 2016
For more information, email elizabeth.josland@health.nsw.gov.au or alison.smyth@health.nsw.gov.au

2016 APAC Workshop, 9 to 12 August, Auckland, New Zealand

Venue: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Clinical Education Centre, Auckland City Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand
Date: Tuesday, 9 to Friday, 12 August 2016
For more information, see the event website.

Harvard-Macy Institute and Monash University Leadership and Innovation in Health Short Course, 15 to 18 August 2016, Melbourne

Venue: Monash Health Translation Precinct
Date: Monday, 15 to Friday, 19 August 2016
For more information, see the event website.

Healthcare Leaders Forum, 23 to 24 August 2016, Sydney

Venue: Menzies Hotel, Sydney
Date: Tuesday, 23 to Wednesday, 24 August 2016
For more information, see the event website.

2016 Australian Diabetes Society/Australian Diabetes Educators Association Annual Scientific Meeting, 24 to 26 August 2016, Gold Coast

Venue: Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre
Date: Wednesday, 24 to Friday, 26 August 2016
For more information, see the event website.

Drug Futures: Learning from the US Drug Experience – The 2016 VIFM/Monash University Schofield Oration, 25 August 2016, Melbourne

Venue: Clemenger Auditorium, National Gallery of Victoria
Date: Thursday, 25 August 2016
For more information, see the event website.

2016 Australasian Diabetes in Pregnancy Society Annual Scientific Meeting, 26 to 27 August 2016, Gold Coast

Venue: Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre
Date: Friday, 26 to Saturday, 27 August 2016
For more information, see the event website.

17th International Congress of Endocrinology and Annual Conference of Chinese Society of Endocrinology, 31 August to 4 September 2016, Beijing

Venue: China National Convention Centre, Beijing, China
Date: Wednesday, 31 August to Sunday, 4 September 2016
For more information, see the event website.

Australasian Stroke Academy Conference, 3 September 2016, Sydney

Venue: Hilton Hotel Sydney
Date: Saturday, 3 September 2016
For more information, see the event website.

Basic Neurology – The essentials for Basic Physician Trainees, 3 to 4 September 2016, Melbourne

Venue: Storey Hall Lecture Theatre, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Date: Saturday, 3 and Sunday, 4 September 2016
For more information, see the event website.

ANZSPM 2016 Conference: The changing landscape of Palliative Care, 8 to 11 September 2016, Perth

Venue: The Duxton Hotel, Perth
Date: Thursday, 8 to Sunday, 11 September 2016
For more information, see the event website.

13th Asian Society for Neuro-Oncology (ASNO) Meeting / 9th COGNO Annual Scientific Meeting, 11 to 14 September 2016

Venue: Sheraton on the Park, Sydney
Date: Sunday, 11 September to Wednesday, 14 September 2016
For more information, see the event website.

2016 World Indigenous Women’s Conference, 12 to 14 September 2016, Adelaide

Venue: Stamford Beach Hotel, Glenelg
Date: Monday, 12 to Wednesday, 14 September 2016
For more information, see the event website.

Internal Medicine Society of Australia & New Zealand/Society of Obstetric Medicine of Australia & New Zealand Combined Conference 2016, 15 to 17 September 2016, Alice Springs

Venue: Alice Springs Convention Centre, NT
Date: Thursday, 15 to Saturday, 17 September 2016
For more information, see the event website

Save the Date: 2016 Innovation Symposium and NSW Health Awards, 27 to 28 October 2016, Sydney

Venue: TBC
Date: Thursday, 27 to Friday, 28 October 2016
For further information, contact Ms Krissy Ukena, Symposia Officer, Strategic Relations and Communications on +61 2 9391 9844 or email kuken@doh.health.nsw.gov.au

Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute’s 17th International Symposium and Princesses’ Lecture, 6 to 8 November 2016, Sydney

Venue: Garvan Auditorium, Darlinghurst
Date: Sunday, 6 to Tuesday, 8 November 2016
Save the date and check the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute website where further registration and program details will be made available.

5th Closing the Gap Indigenous Health Conference and 2016 World Indigenous Allied Health Conference, 1 to 3 December 2016, Cairns

Venue: Pullman Cairns International Hotel, Cairns
Date: Thursday, 1 to Saturday, 3 December 2016
For more information, see the event website.

Trainee News

Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine Registrar Positions 2017

Applications are now being sought from Sexual Health Medicine trainees interested in clinical forensic medicine registrar positions in 2017. These positions are accredited with the RACP Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine. Six month terms are available.

The Forensic Medicine Registrar placement offers a great work-life balance and a friendly, non-hospital based experience. On this placement you can expect to acquire practical, sought-after skills that you will utilise throughout your career.

We offer excellent, well-supported training and practical experience in:

  • injury documentation
  • clinical photography
  • sexual assault examination
  • forensic evidence collection
  • medico-legal reports / police statements
  • ethical issues
  • exposure to court evidence
  • working with police

Expressions of interest together with a curriculum vitae nominating two referees should be forwarded to Dr Nicola Cunningham, Clinical Forensic Medicine Unit, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine +61 3 9684 4480 to cfm@vifm.org by Friday, 17 June 2016.

Online courses on modern workplace challenges and diagnostic error for trainees, closes 30 June

Trainees are invited to register for eLearning courses on modern workplace challenges and diagnostic error. These courses will be delivered back to back from July until August 2016. The Modern Workplace Challenges course includes topics such as social media, cultural dynamics, and dealing with difficult colleagues.

The Diagnostic Error course, developed in collaboration with the New South Wales Clinical Excellence Commission, is designed to highlight the myriad of risks associated with diagnostic error and improve diagnosis.

Participants will receive a case study with multiple choice answers delivered to their inbox and have the opportunity to engage with other participants via web-based discussion forums. Each course consists of ten case studies.

Training is packaged into two five-minute online sessions a week.

Read more about these courses.

To register your interest email sppp@racp.edu.au. Places are limited.

Expressions of Interest close midnight Thursday, 30 June 2016 (or when full).

14th Australian Diabetes Society (ADS) John R Turtle Diabetes Clinical Skills Training Course, 26 August 2016, Gold Coast

The ADS John R. Turtle Diabetes Clinical Skills Training Course for Advanced Trainees in Adult Endocrinology is designed to be practical and interactive. It will be run by experienced clinical endocrinologists from across Australia and will focus on everyday clinical skills required in the treatment of diabetes by a consultant physician. The course has been developed in consultation with and supported by, the Specialist Advisory Committee (SAC) in Endocrinology at the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). This year, we are planning to address the following topics:

  • problem solving with blood glucose data
  • interpreting pump downloads
  • carbohydrate counting
  • exercise and type 1 diabetes
  • managing type 1 and type 2 diabetes in pregnancy
  • lipids 
  • fundal photos

Registrations close Friday, 15 July 2016. For more information, visit the Australian Diabetes Society website.

The Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine (ANZSPM) Aotearoa 2016 Trainee Day, 1 July 2016, Auckland, New Zealand

 ANZSPM Aotearoa 2016 – Fuel for the Mind, Body and Spirit will take place from Friday, 1 to Sunday, 3 July 2016 in Auckland.

Friday, 1 July: Trainee Day – open to medical practitioners training in palliative care.
Saturday, 2 July:  Annual Education Day – open to ANZSPM members only.
Sunday, 3 July:  Spirituality workshop open to anyone working in palliative care.

For more information on the Trainee Day or other events, see the event website.

Advanced Trainee Selection and Matching (ATSM) – Application dates available now

To allow trainees as much time as possible to plan and prepare, the ATSM dates are now available online.

Application dates vary per participating speciality, please check the dates for your specialty. 

Regional Victorian Dual Training Program

The College is pleased to announce four new Advanced Training positions as part of the Victorian Dual Training Program. The dual training positions will be in General and Acute Care Medicine and another specialty. 

The positions are supported by structured, accredited four-year training pathways coordinated by the health services indicated in the table below:

Dual Training Program Year 1
General and Acute Care Medicine

Year 2
Additional specialty

Year 3
Additional specialty
Year 4
General and Acute Care Medicine
General and Acute Care Medicine and Respiratory Medicine Bendigo Health Austin Health Austin Health Bendigo Health
General and Acute Care Medicine and Endocrinology Goulburn Valley Health Austin Health Austin Health Goulburn Valley Health
General and Acute Care Medicine and Respiratory Medicine Ballarat Health Royal Melbourne Hospital Royal Melbourne Hospital Ballarat Health
General and Acute Care Medicine and Palliative Medicine Latrobe Regional Health Monash Medical Centre Monash Medical Centre Latrobe Regional Health

The positions suit trainees who are keen to build careers in regional Victoria and expand their skills and expertise to manage a wide range of challenging clinical scenarios.

For further information on the program please contact Fiona Hilton, Dual Training Project Manager on +61 3 9927 7708 or email fiona.hilton@racp.edu.au

Online supervisor courses: open for registration

 Registration is now open for online alternatives to the successful Supervisor Professional Development Program (SPDP) face-to-face workshops.

These online courses for supervisors, listed below, are facilitated by RACP Fellows. They can be completed in any order, over five weeks:

  • SPDP1 Practical Skills for Supervisors, starting Monday, 13 June
  • SPDP3 Work-based Learning and Assessment, starting Monday, 20 June.
  • The course format includes scenario videos, weekly activities, and online discussions with other supervisors. They can be completed using a computer, tablet or smartphone device.

    Feedback from over 150 participants who have attended these courses has been outstanding:
  • 96 per cent of surveyed participants say they would recommend the course to their colleagues; and
  • 89 per cent of surveyed participants say they felt they had the opportunity to develop their supervisor skills.

The time commitment is one to two hours per week, to be completed at your convenience, within the five weeks. Online participation can be counted towards your MyCPD program.

To register, send an email to learning@racp.edu.au with either “SPDP1” or “SPDP3” in the subject line by Friday, 10 June. Enrolment instructions will be sent out closer to the course start date.

If you would prefer to attend a face-to-face supervisor workshop, go to the Supervisor workshops in 2016 page to find a workshop near you.

See you online.

RACP Foundation Research Awards – Applications Closing Soon

Career Development Fellowships - close Monday 20 June 2016

RACP Fellows Career Development Fellowship
Value: Up to $100,000 for one year

Don & Lorraine Jacquot Fellowship  
Value: Up to $100,000 per annum

Research Establishment Fellowships  – close Monday 27 June

The Miriam Greenfield RACP Research Establishment Fellowship to further research in neurology relating to the aetiology and/or management of brain tumours.

The Robert Maple-Brown Research Establishment Fellowship to further research in the field of haematological research.

Research Entry Scholarship – close Monday 18 July 2016.

Travel Grants – close Monday 18 July.

There are several awards offered in each category. Online applications and full details for all Awards offered through the RACP Foundation can be found on the website.

ASID RHeaNA Refugee Guidelines Released

The Recommendations for Comprehensive Post-Arrival Health Assessment for people from Refugee-like backgrounds (2016 edition) by ASID/RHEANA were released at the ASID Annual Scientific Meeting in April.

A review of the ASID Refugee Health Recommendations (2009 edition) was undertaken to ensure clinical relevance for health professionals caring for the current cohorts of refugees and asylum seeker patients in Australia, and to include advice on equitable access to healthcare, regardless of Medicare or visa status.

The Recommendations are available for complimentary electronic download, or for purchase in hardcopy, on the ASID website

Site Accreditation for Advanced Training in Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine

Sites are invited to apply for accreditation for core training for the College’s new training program: Advanced Training in Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine. The program is due to commence in 2017.

If your site is interested in applying for accreditation please visit the Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine training program webpage for more information and to obtain a site survey form.

CSANZ Cardiovascular Research Innovation Grants

The CSANZ Cardiovascular Research Innovation Grants, exclusively supported by an unrestricted research grant from Boehringer Ingelheim, aim to stimulate innovative and ground-breaking research in cardiovascular medicine.

Two grants are available:
• $100,000 for one research project
• $35,000 towards an individual’s stipend

For more information or to apply visit the CSANZ website.

Applications close Wednesday, 15 June 2016.

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australia (RCPA) Foundation Awards and Grants

The RCPA offers a number of Awards and Scholarships both internally and externally for RCPA Fellows, Trainees, Faculty members, distinguished persons, medical graduates and journalists. These are awarded annually and applied for via nomination forms (or other criteria as stated for the particular award).

Of particular interest is the RCPA Foundation Kanematsu Award that is made annually by the Kanematsu Fund in memory of its founder Fusajiro Kanematsu and his wife Sen. The award is made for a single medical research project in the area of haematological disorders. It is open to recent Fellows (less than five years) and trainees.

For more information or to apply visit the RCPA website.

Applications closeThursday, 30 June 2016.

Medical Services Advisory Committee Evaluation Sub-Committee (ESC) items for the 9 and 10 June 2016 Meeting

The following items are expected to be considered at the next ESC meeting on 9 and 10 June 2016:

Contracted Assessments

1237 – Cardiac MRI for Coronary Artery Disease
1392 - Corneal Collagen Cross Linking
1393 - Cardiac MRI - Cardiomyopathy (Part A)
 
Submission Based Assessments - Resubmissions
1192.2 - The reduction of mitral regurgitation through tissue approximation using transvenous/transeptal techniques
1342.3 - Gene expression profiling of 21 genes in breast cancer to quantify the risk of disease recurrence and predict adjuvant chemotherapy benefit
1347.1 - Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC) for stroke prevention in patients with non-valvular Atrial Fibrillation
1384.1 - Bronchial Thermoplasty for the treatment of patients with asthma
1387.1 - Optimizer TM Ivs

For more information on these applications please visit the MSAC website.

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