The President's Message – 11 August

Divisional Clinical Exams are a critical milestone many Fellows will remember from our own training. It is an intense day for both candidates and examiners.

The complexity of organising six cases each for hundreds of eligible trainees, in a real hospital setting, with real patients is increased by the need to ensure that exams take place away from a candidate’s home state. Add the necessity to co-ordinate the schedules of our Fellows who volunteer as examiners, and you get a sense of the organisation necessary – without even beginning to address the clinical aspects of each case.

I still remember my own Clinical Examination in 1985. It is a privilege and a responsibility now to be on the other side of the desk. I thank each of our 600 volunteer examiners, particularly those on the Senior Examination and National Examination Panels, who make a major commitment at a busy time of the year. The exam was conducted in 76 hospitals across Australia, and I also acknowledge and thank our Education Services staff, local physicians, senior medical registrars and all hospital staff who support this.

This year, 740 candidates took the Adult Medicine examination.  I would like to congratulate everyone who has passed.

I encourage those who were unsuccessful on this occasion to persist and not be discouraged. We should also remember that some of our most successful Fellows did not pass their Clinical Examinations on their first attempt.

Although the Adult Medicine Examination in Australia is our most recent, of course we hold written and clinical examinations and assessments throughout the year. We conduct these in Australia and New Zealand; in Paediatrics & Child Health, Rehabilitation Medicine, Occupational & Environmental Medicine and Public Health, as well as Sexual Health, Palliative Medicine and Addiction Medicine.

These examinations are necessarily rigorous, to preserve the quality of candidates who make it through to Advanced Training.

As I have said in the past, specialist medicine poses great career challenges, but ultimately also great rewards.

Kind regards,
Dr Catherine Yelland
RACP President

RACP s​ystems outage this Saturday, 12 August

In order to undertake critical server and network maintenance, all RACP IT Systems and Services will be taken offline between 8.00 am – 10:00 pm Saturday 12 August 2017.

All IT SYSTEMS AND SERVICES will be affected.

This includes the following:

  • website 
  • training portals
  • MyCPD
  • MyRACP 
  • Alfresco share sites
  • events website - PEP lectures
There may be some intermittent interruptions to services on Sunday 13th August as a result of systems testing.

We apologise for any inconvenience while we undertake this important maintenance.

Join the new cultural responsiveness Qstream course. Registrations are now open

As physicians, there is an ever-growing need to consider best practise when interacting with colleagues and patients of diverse cultural, ethnic, linguistic and religious backgrounds. 

A new RACP Online Professionalism Program on cultural responsiveness will commence in September.

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Severe asthma on the Pomegranate Health podcast

Australia and New Zealand have relatively high rates of asthma by international measures, with a population rate of about one in nine. 

For years the management model has been empirical. The more serious the disease, the more the dose of controller therapy is increased. But this doesn’t work for everyone.

In this podcast, you will hear from Professor Peter Gibson FRACP and Professor Vanessa McDonald FRCNA, both from the University of Newcastle.

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New ‘Evolve’ recommendations to improve obstetric and paediatric care

As a part of the Evolve initiative, last week the College released a series of new recommendations to help avoid unnecessary and potentially harmful tests and procedures carried out with pregnant women and children.

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Submit your abstract today for the RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence

Trainees from all Divisions, Faculties and Chapters are ​eligible to submit abstracts for the 2017 RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence.

Check online to find out when submissions close in your region.

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Watch specialty society webinars – ​earn CPD credits

Narcolepsy, imaging in clinical trials and frailty in older people are just some of the topics of specialty society webinars hosted this month.

Recordings of these webinars are available online for Fellows and trainees. RACP Fellows may be eligible to claim CPD credits for watching these resources.

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Read the latest journals

Internal Medicine Journal – August 2017 edition

The August issue of the Internal Medicine Journal is now available on the Wiley Online Library. 

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health – August 2017 edition

Access the latest edition of the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health on the Wiley Online Library. 

Against discriminatory practices in selection into training

The RACP has learned that some trainees have recently experienced discriminatory practices in the process of selection into training and recruitment. The RACP does not support discrimination of any kind and has clear policies in place against such practices. As the annual recruitment process of junior medical officers approaches in Australia, we remind members and educational leaders of our Selection into Training Policy, which promotes selecting for excellence, rigour and fairness, embracing diversity and continuity.

Tell us what you think: introducing Training Provider Standards

The RACP seeks your feedback on its proposed Training Provider Standards. These new standards will ensure that workplace training develops highly skilled physicians who deliver safe and effective healthcare to patients, now and into the future. Read the Training Provider Standards Consultation Paper and complete the accompanying online survey. The deadline for feedback is 31 October 2017.

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New Fellows' Forums – Victoria/Tasmania and Western Australia

These free events are designed to assist Advanced Trainees and New Fellows ​in the transition from trainee to Fellow.

Continuing Education Workshop
Saturday, 23 September

This is the third Continuing Education Workshop session for 2017 and will feature updates on depression, neurology and hepatology.

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