Trainee News June 2019

Message from the Chair of the College Trainees' Committee

The first lecture in the new Paediatric College Learning Series, Epidemiology and Statistics went live on 13 June with more lectures to be uploaded in the coming weeks. Over the past 12 months, the College has been working closely with Directors of Paediatric Education to identify and source Paediatrics & Child Health content for the College Learning Series. Multiple Paediatrics & Child Health teaching hospitals across Australia are now contributing to the program. There are also plans to continue expanding the exam resources RACP offers to trainees. 

The Trainee Director position on the Board has become vacant and all trainees who are interested will be given the opportunity to apply for the role through an expression of interest process. We thank Alice Grey for her valuable contribution during her time on the Board and have been very grateful for her time and advocacy on behalf of our College Trainees’ Committee. 

Crazy Socks for Docs day took place on 7 June and continues to spread the message of founder Dr Geoff Toogood (RACP Cardiologist) highlighting junior doctor mental health. 

A 2013 Beyond Blue Survey of doctors showed that:
1 in 5 had experienced depression 
1 in 11 had experienced anxiety 
1 in 25 reported having experienced suicidal thoughts 
1 in 50 had attempted suicide 
Junior doctors and female doctors were overall more at risk.

We're working with the RACP on improving ways they can support trainees including better communication, clarity in processes, increased frequency of exams and promoting flexible training options.

The Board is considering how best our College might work to support gender equity within our profession. To help define this the College sent a poll to you on Thursday, 20 June. Please complete the short 10 question poll seeking your views on a number of gender-related career and workplace issues.

For those applying for training programs participating in the Advanced Training Selection and Matching (ATSM) Service – further details are on the RACP website.

Good luck to all our adult clinical exam candidates sitting their exam in the coming months. 

As always, you can get in touch with us via with any issues, ideas or concerns related to your training. 

Dr Davina Buntsma
College Trainees’ Committee

Key dates for Basic Training

Mid-year applications and progress reports are due by no later than Wednesday, 31 July (NZ) or Saturday, 31 August (AU).

Mid-Year applications are open and can be submitted via the online registration system.

Mid-year Progress Reports for both Adult Internal Medicine and Paediatrics & Child Health Divisions should be uploaded on the Basic Training portal.

Please check the Basic Training Handbook to see what you are required to submit and ensure any report requiring supervisor/s signatures have been completed. Please note it is your responsibility to ensure documents requiring approval have been signed by your supervisor/s by the due date.

Advanced Training mid-year requirements

Mid-year requirements and applications deadlines are quickly approaching.

Please check the “Important Dates” dropdown under the “Program Requirements” tab on your specialty webpage for more information, and contact your Education Officer if you have any queries.

Register now for the 2019 Advanced Training Selection and Matching service

Trainee registrations for the RACP’s Advanced Training Selection and Matching (ATSM) service in 2019 are now open.

We recommend you register now so that your CV and referee reports have been completed before job applications open.

To Register
1. Check the key dates to see which specialty groups in which states are using the ATSM service in 2019.
2. If there is a specialty you would like to apply for, please register as soon as possible. You must register online before you can apply for a position.

As in previous years, ATSM is used by a small number of specialties and locations to advertise positions. All other positions will be advertised on training site websites or other recruitment sites. You should check the RACP website and employer recruitment websites relevant to your desired training posts.

More information on the ATSM service in 2019 is available on the RACP website.

If you have any queries about the ATSM service please contact Member Services at or toll free on 1300 697 227.

College Learning Series – Paediatrics & Child Health content

Over the past 12 months, the College has been working closely with Directors of Paediatric Education to identify and source Paediatrics & Child Health content for the College Learning Series.

Multiple Paediatrics & Child Health teaching hospitals across Australia are now contributing to the program.  All content undergoes a digital and clinical quality assurance process before going live.

The first lecture, Epidemiology and Statistics is now live and more lectures will be uploaded in the coming weeks.

If you have any questions about the series, the CLS team can be contacted at

New Basic Training email

The Basic Training unit have a new email address. Please make sure you update your email contacts to Emails sent to are currently being redirected to the new address, however, this email will soon be switched off.

Please ensure you send all further emails to the new address as any vital information to your training may not be received at the old address.

New Zealand Trainees' Day - save the date

New Zealand Trainees' Day 2020 will be held Saturday, 4 April at the Heritage Hotel, Queenstown.

We know this is a popular day so mark it in your calendar and talk to your supervisors.

AFOEM examinations open for applications from 24 June

Applications will open from 24 June 2019 for all eligible trainees (who have met the training program requirements) for the September and November 2019 examinations.

Upcoming 2019 AFOEM examination dates are:

  • Stage A Written Examinations – Saturday, 7 September 2019
  • Stage B Written Examinations – Saturday, 7 and Sunday, 8 September 2019
  • Stage B Practical Examinations – Saturday, 16 November 2019 (an additional date of Sunday, 17 November 2019 may be added depending on the number of eligible candidates).

Applications will open from 24 June 2019 and will close on 5 July 2019 at 5pm (AEST). Any applications received after this closing time may not be accepted.

Remember you will need to have satisfactorily completed all requirements for the January to June 2019 training period by the relevant deadlines in order to be eligible. The Training Handbook provides more information. 

Apply for research awards, study and travel grants

If you’re starting or planning a career in medical research, wanting to undertake further study, it’s not too late to apply for funding through the RACP Foundation.

Applications are closing soon for awards and grants in the following categories:

· Research Entry Scholarships for those undertaking or who have recently started a PhD – closing date 15 July
· Research Development Scholarships for small projects, which may include those required as part of your training – closing date 15 July
· Travel Grants and the second funding round of Education Development Grants - Study Grants to attend additional courses or to develop educational resources – closing date 22 July

For full details go to the RACP Foundation website or email the RACP Foundation and sign up for updates so you can keep up to date with what’s on offer.

Opportunity to represent your region at the 2020 RACP Congress

The Trainee Research Awards provide a wonderful opportunity for trainees to do an oral presentation of their research at a regional event. Trainees selected from each region will also have the opportunity to present at RACP Congress 2020.

The Research and Innovation Showcase at RACP Congress 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand featured thirteen trainees who made their research presentations alongside recognised researchers and previous RACP research grant recipients. As regional representatives, the trainees received complimentary registration, return airfares, and accommodation for three nights to attend the RACP Congress. They were also acknowledged and presented certificates at the Gala Dinner.

Applications for this year’s Trainee Research Awards are open from Monday, 1 July to Friday, 30 August 2019. Please send your abstract submissions or inquiries by email to your respective regional RACP offices.

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