College Trainees' Committee communiqué May 2019

The following Communiqué highlights the key topics discussed as part of the 02-2019 College Trainees' Committee meeting, held on Thursday 23 May 2019.

Advanced Trainee Selection and Matching (ATSM) Interim Services for 2019

An interim solution to ATSM for 2019 has been provided by the College while a possible longer-term solution is identified. A user group has been established to provide feedback on the interim ATSM services comprising of representatives from the specialty groups and a representative from the College Trainees’ Committee.

Trainee Board Director Position

We are currently recruiting for a Trainee Board Director which will be filled as a casual vacancy until the next election cycle in May 2020. The call for expressions of interest for this position will be open to all College trainees and the CTC invite interested trainees to apply for the position. We look forward to working with the newly appointed Trainee Board Director to continually improve the education and training experience for our trainees.

Online Communities Project

Our College has commenced a project to develop an online community for Members as part of the Board Strategic Plan. The College online communities project will contain specific Member-led communities of practice and aims to connect members with each other and allow members to create groups where they can learn, share and view information.

It is anticipated that a pilot for Online Communities project will be conducted at the end of the year and members are encouraged to nominate themselves or their group if they wish to participate.

RACP Divisional Exams E-Learning Resource

Our College is developing an online learning resources to provide guidance and support to basic trainees who are preparing for the RACP Divisional Written and Clinical Examinations. The resource will have a particular focus on preparation for trainees based in rural and remote settings and a working group has been established to assist in its development.

The resource is expected to be developed over the next 12 to 18 months and will cover study guidance and resources including short and long case clinical examination examples as well as support networks and wellbeing.

Trainees’ Day

The Committee agreed to change the delivery of its annual Trainees’ Day linked to Congress with a move to holding smaller sessions across the regions and New Zealand organised by the respective Trainees’ Committees that can be shared to the wider trainee cohort. Members were encouraged to organise their local educational and professional development events with the intent of making them available online via zoom or recordings for other trainees to access. It was agreed that New Zealand was still to hold their annual Trainees’ Day and that other regions that wanted to hold their own annual Trainees’ Day were allowed to do so.

Crazy Socks for Docs

The Committee supported the promotion of 'Crazy Socks for Docs' on Friday 7 June which is about raising awareness of the mental health of all doctors and health practitioners around the world.

Dr Davina Buntsma, Chair
College Trainees' Committee
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