Trainee News September 2018

Message from the Chair of the College Trainees' Committee

Making ‘the College’ into ‘our College’.

To be a physician is a very human profession. Everyday we are surrounded by moments of deep humanity as we participate in our patients’ experiences. There are moments of complete uncertainty, moments of anxious waiting and moments of unfathomable loss. Yet amidst these, other moments of pure elation, hope and joy.

If we are to train physicians who meet these moments with knowledge, kindness and compassion, then it follows that these same attributes should also define our College.

At our recent College Trainees’ Committee meeting in Sydney we explored communication as our point of connection with the RACP and College staff were enthusiastic in working towards ways to make this faster, more focused and flexible for you. We realise that responses to your questions can often have career and life altering impacts and we want to improve how our College communicates with you.

Each regional trainees’ committee in Australia and New Zealand was represented. Together, the five priorities we identified and will be advocating for include:

1. Communication
• working on ways to improve communication through both face-to-face and electronic formats
• exploring methods to stay in touch with RACP trainees and be a dynamic voice within our College
• reviewing timelines for applications and late fees, and advocating for flexibility when reasonable
• providing further transparency relating to fees and expenditure. 

2. Education
• planning is underway for more educational resources including a Paediatric Lecture Series
• ensuring trainee input into the execution of the 2019 and 2020 examinations
• contributing to the planning and implementation of the new Basic Training Structure, which includes advocating to move towards twice yearly examinations
• facilitating educational opportunities for rural and remote trainees
• addressing specific subspecialty issues as raised by trainees. 

3. Fair and Transparent Selection Processes
• collaborating with the Australian Medical Association Doctors in Training on addressing transparent and fair hiring practices as well as advocating for flexible/part-time training options.

4. Workforce data
• there is work underway to start collecting workforce data which will be made available to help direct your career decisions. 

5. Advocacy
• exploring ways that trainees can contribute to advocacy work already occurring through the RACP.

These priorities will be addressed alongside some specific regional issues that have been highlighted.

Examination updates
Up to date information regarding the 2019 examination is available on the RACP website.

The proposed new marking scheme for the Clinical Examination is undergoing analysis for fairness and rigour, and if to be implemented trainees will be given at least six months notice prior to the commencement of Clinical Examinations in May 2019.

We have a vision of a College that trainees are proud to call ‘ours’ and we are committed to working towards this to help you be the best physicians you can be.

Davina Buntsma
College Trainees’ Committee

Cash prizes on offer 

As numerous October deadlines approach, you have one last chance to apply for various prizes offered by your Divisions, Faculties and Chapters. These prizes may have a cash or travel component – sometimes both – and all recognise contributions made and achievements completed during your training.

Closing dates are listed below.

  • AFRM $1,000 Adrian Paul Prize closes Monday, 1 October.
  • AChAM Research Project Prize closes Monday 8 October.
  • AFPHM John Snow Scholarship closes Monday 8 October.
  • AFOEM President’s Trainee Commitment Award closes Wednesday, 10 October.
  • AFPHM President’s Trainee Commitment Award closes Monday, 15 October.
  • AFOEM $1,000 Essay Prize  closes Monday, 29 October.
  • AChSHM Awards for Outstanding contributions closes Wednesday, 31 October.

For full details go to Awards and Prizes by Division, Faculty and Chapter Awards on the RACP Foundation website, or email the Foundation.

Register now for convenient courses

Diagnostic error and cultural responsiveness are the focus of two Qstream courses you can undertake throughout November and December.

The courses run throughout November and December and take as little as five minutes a day, two to three times a week to complete via email. 

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Scholarships up to $40,000 on offer

If you identify as being of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Māori or Pacific Islander heritage – you can apply for Indigenous Health Scholarships from Monday, 1 October.

Valued up to $40,000, the scholarships provide a funded pathway through Basic, Advanced, Chapter or Faculty training in Australia and New Zealand. They also include funding to attend RACP Congress and $2,500 cash assistance at the start of the scholarship.

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Have your say

Details about the new Basic Training programs are available on the RACP website and you're invited to give feedback on them by Tuesday, 2 October. Information about how the curriculum standards will be taught, learned, and assessed is all on the website.

Fellows and trainees have been working in partnership with RACP staff to develop these proposed programs. Your feedback can help ensure that the new Basic Training programs are feasible and fit-for-purpose for implementation across Australia and New Zealand.

Have your say today

Make the most of new standards

Earlier this year we launched new curricula standards for Basic Physician Training. These standards will start to be assessed in 2020, when the Knowledge Guides will be used as the basis for the 2020 Divisional Written Examinations.

You can now filter the curricula to see specific content relevant to you and export your filtered results to support workplace learning.

Try the Workplace Learning Planner or contact the Curriculum team with your questions.

Not to be missed opportunity

Mark your calendars and apply for leave to attend New Zealand Trainees’ Day on Saturday, 6 April 2019 in Queenstown.

Whether you are a  Basic or Advanced Trainee, adult medicine or paediatrics, the event will be inspiring and relevant for wherever you are in your training journey. It's also reimbursable through New Zealand District Health Boards (DHB).

With content ranging from big picture issues to professional skills building, honest storytelling from NZ Fellows and the annual RACP Trainees’ Dinner – you won’t want to miss Trainees’ Day 2019. The event is also an opportunity to connect with other trainees, take time out to think about your career direction and hear practical wisdom from experienced physicians.

Early bird registrations open in October 2018. For more information email the RACP NZ Communications team.

Connect with your peers in Darwin

The Northern Territory Trainees’ Committee (NTTC) invites you to Trainees Only Breakfast on Saturday, 27 October, prior to the start of the NT Annual Scientific Meeting.

Trainees attending can enjoy networking with their peers and will have the opportunity to meet committee members and special guest, RACP Dean Professor Richard Doherty. 

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Boost your knowledge

Join your colleagues at the South Australian Trainee Research Workshop for interactive and hands on lessons on how to develop your research project.

The three hour workshop is on Tuesday, 16 October from 6pm to 9pm. It covers areas such as structure, comparisons, outcomes, searching literature, search strategies, study designs, referencing and formatting.

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New Zealand Advanced Trainees reminder

Final 2018 supervisor reports, 2018 trainee reports and applications for the 2019 training year are due by Wednesday, 31 October.

Contact the New Zealand RACP team with any questions.  

Focus on your wellbeing

Come along to a Trainee Wellbeing Morning to hear about experiences, tips and important information regarding trainee wellbeing.

The event takes place on Saturday, 13 October from 9.30am to 12pm at the RACP Office in Melbourne. Trainees in other states or in New Zealand can view it live online.

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Earlybird registrations close soon

You're invited to join colleagues and hear from expert speakers looking at the future of medicine in South Australia and beyond at the South Australian Annual Scientific Meeting on Saturday, 1 December.

Artificial intelligence, objective measurement of patient outcomes and doctors health and wellbeing are just some of thought-provoking topics set to be discussed.

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There's still time to take part

If you're from South Australia or Queensland you can still submit an abstract for consideration as part of the Trainee Research Awards.

Regional event winners are invited to showcase their research at RACP Congress 2019 in Auckland. 

Queensland submissions close on Friday, 5 October. South Australia submissions close on Saturday, 20 October.

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Meet your new Board in Melbourne

If you want to engage in conversation with your new RACP Board and will be in Melbourne on Thursday, 4 October – you're invited to join them for an informal meeting at the Alfred Hospital from 5.30pm to 7.15pm.

Refreshments will be offered and networking can take place from 5.30pm. The meeting begins at 6.15pm. Regrettably, the RACP is unable to provide support for travel and accommodation for this event.

The event will be held in The Seminar Room at the Alfred Hospital's AMREP Education Centre at 55 Commercial Road in Melbourne.

Email us to RSVP

Advanced Trainees can access MyCPD

Are you approaching Fellowship? Advanced Trainees can get ready for Fellowship and continuing professional development (CPD) with early access to MyCPD, the RACP’s CPD program. 

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