The President's Message – 8 September 2017

This month I would like to invite you to take a look at a new section of our RACP website that highlights the depth and breadth of our work to transform the physician training curricula.

Our Education Renewal Program is an ongoing series of interrelated projects that will be delivered over the coming years, and will ultimately transform the trainee journey, educator experience and physician workforce of the future. 

We have now launched a dedicated Education Renewal section of the RACP site where you can find the latest information on each of our education projects, upcoming changes, why we’re making them and what they mean for trainees, educators and the wider healthcare sector.  

The projects include the Curricula Renewal, Accreditation Review, Selection into Basic Training, College Learning Series, Computer-based Testing, a review of the assessment process for the Clinical Examination, and a new supervisor support strategy. 

At the end of last month we launched two online sample exams - one for Adult Medicine and one for Paediatrics & Child Health.

These will help eligible trainees become familiar with the new computer-based delivery format that will be used for the Divisional Written Examination in 2018.

We have also recently published and opened consultation on a draft of our new Training Provider Standards, as part of the ongoing Accreditation Review. 

In addition the College has submitted its progress report to the Australian regulator, the Australian Medical Council. We are proceeding well in addressing the required standards, conditions and recommendations.

This week the College launched a new chapter of its website dedicated to Physician Health and Wellbeing. 

Our aim is to provide resources useful to Fellows, trainees and supervisors whether they are personally facing mental health and wellbeing challenges, concerned about a colleague, wish to read further or find strategies,  or seek to connect with a counselling service like the RACP Support Program.
 
The mini-site also collates and promotes the existing eLearning materials and shares members stories, a section we plan to expand over time.
  
You can view it at www.racp.edu.au/wellbeing

There are many opportunities for you to contribute your expertise to these projects, and to other College activities in general.

We have established a project control group for Selection into Basic Training, and are calling for applications for members interested in being involved in the Reference Group.

And finally, I would encourage everyone to nominate a colleague for the College Awards – nominations for a number of awards close on 25 September.

These prestigious awards, prizes and medals acknowledge Fellows and trainees for excellence and outstanding contributions or achievements to the field of medicine, the community, or our College.

Dr Catherine Yelland
RACP President

Transitions to Fellowship – Podcast

On this episode of Pomegranate Health, four Fellows recall their unique experiences on making the ​change from trainee to Fellow and how they maintain a healthy balance within and around their careers.

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Nominations closing soon – RACP Foundation ​awards and prizes

Nominations close soon for several prestigious RACP awards and prizes to acknowledge Fellows and trainees for excellence and outstanding contributions or achievements.

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New webinars online now

A number of specialty societies have held webinars this month. Recordings are now available online for all RACP members.

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eLearning: Physician self-care and wellness

This eLearning course is free and available to all RACP members.

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Supervisor information on wellbeing

The RACP has released a new resource to help Supervisors and Directors of Physician Education support the mental health of trainees.​

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College Policy and Advocacy Council Advisory Council members 2017–2020

At its August meeting the Board approved the new membership of the College Policy and Advocacy Council Advisory Committee (CPAC AC), a group of members with expertise in a range of policy and advocacy areas including: health system reform; safety and quality; physician practice; clinical leadership and models of care. 

I would like to welcome the three newest members to the group: Associate Professor Sophie Couzos, Associate Professor John Eastwood,  and Associate Professor Winston Liauw. I would also like to congratulate Professor Christian Gericke who has taken over as CPAC Deputy Chair.

CPAC AC plays an important role in ensuring the College’s policy and advocacy agenda helps to inform health policy debates and the decisions of policy makers and that the College is well placed to respond to emerging health policy issues. 

I would also like to thank the departing members: Dr Paul Dugdale, Professor David Forbes and Associate Professor Alasdair MacDonald, who have contributed tirelessly over the past three years to the work of CPAC AC. I would also like to thank Associate Professor Nick Buckmaster for his work as Deputy Chair of CPAC AC and who I am pleased will be continuing as a member of CPAC AC. 

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Tell us what you think: introducing Training Provider Standards

The proposed standards will ensure that workplace training develops highly skilled physicians who deliver safe and effective healthcare to patients, now and into the future.

 
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