Trainee News February 2020

Message from the Chair of the College Trainees' Committee (CTC)

“Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, there is also a love of Humanity.” – Hippocrates

Welcome to the 2020 clinical year, and an especially warm welcome to our new trainees.

I find the start of a new rotation is always a good time to reflect again on the 'why' behind what we do. While it’s easy to get lost in the demands of a new job and department, I encourage you to take a moment each day to reconnect with the humanity of what we do. It’s okay (and I would argue necessary) to give time to connect with each other, our patients and the communities we are a part of. I think Hippocrates was onto something.

Training and examinations

Good luck to our trainees sitting the Written Examination on Monday. We’re all behind you. 

The February 2021 Divisional Written Examination will be offered via the current paper-based exam method. The initial rollout of Computer Based Testing will be with the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM) Module 1 Assessment in mid-2021. A limited rollout of the Divisional Written Examination for Basic Trainees will then be run later that year – a positive step towards twice yearly examinations.

A major development last year was the establishment of a paediatric College Learning Series. To date there are nine lectures and work is continuing towards a full series.  

A survey relating to experiences with interviews and selection into training was undertaken at the end of last year and we’ll continue to work with our College to address issues of gender equity, flexible training options and encouraging transparent selection practices. There will be a panel session at this year’s Congress discussing the challenges facing gender equity in female, male & LGBTQIA professionals. The session is designed to foster audience participation and will focus on key issues facing the workforce, as well as understanding what actions are being taken to achieve gender equity in medicine.

Outcomes from specialities participating in the 2019 Advanced Training Selection Match are available on the College’s website.

Strengthening links with the Australian Medical Association (AMA)

We continue strengthening the link between the CTC and AMA. AMA Council of Doctors in Training (AMACDT) Deputy co-chair Dr Hashim Abdeen is currently our Adult Medicine Queensland representative for CTC and there is a standing position for a member of the CTC to attend the quarterly AMACDT meetings. We will continue to use this relationship synergistically, particularly in relation to issues of workforce and working conditions for RACP Trainees.

Your Trainees’ Committee

A big thankyou to Dr Ben Watson (NT Representative), Dr Laksmi Govindasamy (AFPHM Representative), Dr Lee Fairhead (WA Representative) and Dr Sarah Primhak (NZ Representative) for their invaluable contribution to CTC, we wish them the best as they continue their training both interstate and overseas.

Positions for an Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (AFPHM) trainee and NT trainee  representative have become vacant. If you’re interested please get in touch at More information about the CTC is available on the CTC webpage

Our next CTC meeting will be held on Thursday, 27 March 2020 and we invite you to contact us with any issues related to your training that you would like us to raise.

Best wishes,

Dr Davina Buntsma
College Trainees’ Committee

Divisional Written Exam candidates

We wish all candidates preparing for Monday’s Divisional Written Exam all the best.

Don’t forget, if you experience issues leading up to the exam or on exam day that prevent you from attending please contact us as soon as possible.

The recent natural disasters in Australia and New Zealand are a timely reminder to update your email and mobile number in MyRACP so that we can contact you on the exam day if there are any issues.

Information about the exam, including venues, what you can bring on the day, preparation and scheduled dates if a backup exam is needed, is available on the Divisional Written Exam page of our website.

If you need support in the lead up to, or following your exam, the RACP Support Program is available 24 hours, seven days a week. This free, fully confidential and independent helpline is available to all Fellows and trainees and is managed by Converge International.

Special RACP Congress rates for trainees

This year we've introduced a special day rate of just $250 for trainees, to help you fit RACP Congress in around your busy work, life and training schedule.

If you want to attend all three days and the Foundation Dinner, save over $200 with an early bird ticket.

Congress will cover a range of topics across all Divisions and Faculties including:

  • Tips for passing the Divisional Written and Clinical Exams
  • First Nations Health
  • Genomics
  • Innovative clinical updates in paediatrics
  • Technological innovations transforming adult medicine practices
  • Global health security
  • Populism and public health

Congress is also an excellent opportunity to connect with your peers and Fellows in your chosen or desired specialty.

Register for the day rate now or before Tuesday, 3 March 2020 for the discounted early bird rate.

Discover your online learning options today

We understand you’re busy and on-the-go, so discover our quality online education. Accessible anywhere and optimised for mobile on-the-go learning, access a range of online learning courses, resources, lectures, curated collections and podcasts. Developed by members, for members, the interactive nature of our online learning resources enable you to learn from your peers.

RACP Online Learning Resources are free for members and count towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements. 

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RACP Aotearoa New Zealand Trainees' Day

Kia ora nau mai ki Tāhuna,

You’re invited to one of the highlights on the RACP calendar, the Aotearoa New Zealand Trainees’ Day on Saturday, 4 April at the Heritage Hotel, Queenstown.

Whether you’re a Basic or Advanced Trainee, paediatrics or adult medicine, this event will be relevant for wherever you are on your trainee journey.

You will:

  • Learn seven simple things you can do for the health of Māori people with Dr Danny De Lore.
  • Be challenged to re-think healthcare by Dr Art Nahill.
  • Discover how to balance a creative career alongside medicine at Dr Renee Liang’s how to have it all session.
  • Be inspired in your unique training journey at the road less travelled panel discussion.
  • Connect with the wider Aotearoa NZ trainee community.

View the full program today.

Aotearoa NZ Trainees’ Day is supported as a recognised skills day by New Zealand District Health Boards and attendance costs are reimbursable. For more information email the RACP Aotearoa NZ team.

This is an event you won’t want to miss, so register today.


Trainee re-registrations due

A reminder that registrations for Basic and Advanced Trainees for the Australian 2020 clinical year are now open:

Please note the deadline for Advanced Training applications has been extended to Sunday, 1 March 2020 due to unexpected delays in processing 2019 Supervisor’s Reports and 2020 applications. This extension does not apply to trainees in Occupational and Environmental Medicine or Public Health Medicine.

As a trainee, you must re-register your training annually.

New Zealand registrations have now closed.

For more information check your relevant handbook or contact us.

Apply for Educational Development (Study) Grants

The first round of applications for the 2020 Educational Development (Study) Grants open Friday, 21 February 2020.

Grants worth up to $10,000 are available to support Fellows and trainees to undertake further educational training or to develop educational initiatives. These include grants providing support in the fields of neonatology and infant health, infectious diseases including HIV medicine, occupational and environmental medicine, and rehabilitation medicine. Some grants are available to support Fellows and trainees from Queensland and Aotearoa New Zealand.

If you would like to know more about these grants, check your eligibility, or submit an online application, visit the Educational Development (Study) Grants webpage.

Make sure you submit your application before the deadline on Monday, 23 March 2020.

Trainee presentations at RACP Congress 2020

Trainee representatives have been selected from each region of Australia and from New Zealand to present their research in the fields of Adult Medicine or Paediatric Medicine at the Research and Innovation Showcase. The showcase will be held at the upcoming RACP Congress in Melbourne on Monday, 4 and Tuesday, 5 May. The lineup of Trainee Research Award presenters includes:

Adult Medicine

  • Dr Stephen Bacchi (SA)
  • Dr Ben Cailes (VIC)
  • Dr Martin Hansen (NT)
  • Dr Panchali Kumarasinghe (WA)
  • Dr Prianka Puri (NSW/ACT)
  • Dr Adam Stewart (QLD)
  • Dr Chang-Ho Yoon (NZ)
  • Dr Jasmine Zhu (TAS)

Paediatric Medicine

  • Dr Sam Brophy-Williams (WA)
  • Dr Emily Cripps (TAS)
  • Dr Alison Freeth (NSW/ACT)
  • Dr Matthew Lynch (NT)
  • Dr Robyn Silcock (QLD)
  • Dr Eva Sudbury (VIC)

Other presentations which occur throughout Congress and supported by the RACP Foundation include the Best Poster Prize in Adult Medicine – Fellows and trainees, Best Poster Prize in Paediatrics & Child Health, Rue Wright Memorial Award (CCCH), Ramazzini Prize (AFOEM), Gerry Murphy Prize (AFPHM) and the John Snow Scholarship (AFPHM).

The schedule of presenters will be available on the RACP Congress 2020 website in the coming weeks.

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What’s happening in the new Basic Training programs

Early adopters

We’re excited to announce the training settings that will be the second group to adopt the new Basic Training program.

Early adopters are training settings who are working with the RACP to lead the rollout of the new Basic Training programs. The purpose of early adopter implementation is to:

  • test the new training program
  • test supporting materials and activities 
  • develop a network of change champions.

We will be working with the following settings:

Lead Setting(s) Affiliated training settings Phase(s) of training
Gold Coast University Hospital
(Adult Medicine)
Robina Hospital
Innisfail Hospital
Foundation (BPT1)
The Townsville Hospital
(Adult Medicine)
N/A Foundation (BPT1)
Starship Children’s Hospital
(Paediatrics & Child Health)
Kidz First Children’s Hospital, Middlemore
Waitakere Hospital
Whangarei Hospital
Foundation (BPT1)
Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide
(Paediatrics & Child Health)
Flinders Medical Centre Foundation (BPT1)
Lead Setting(s) Affiliated training settings Phase(s) of training
Box Hill Hospital
(Adult Medicine)
Angliss Hospital
Epworth Eastern Private Hospital
Latrobe Regional Health
Maroondah Hospital
Peter James Centre
Wantirna Health
Foundation (BPT1)
Consolidation (BPT2)
Dunedin Hospital
(Paediatrics & Child Health)
N/A Foundation (BPT1)
Consolidation (BPT2)
Queensland Paediatric Training Network
(Paediatrics & Child Health)
Queensland Children's Hospital
Gold Coast University Hospital
The Townsville Hospital
Bundaberg Hospital
Caboolture Hospital
Cairns Hospital
Hervey Bay Hospital
Ipswich Hospital
Logan Hospital
Mackay Base Hospital
Redcliffe Hospital
Redland Hospital
Rockhampton Hospital
Sunshine Coast University Hospital
The Prince Charles Hospital
The Royal Darwin Hospital
Toowoomba Hospital
Foundation (BPT1)
Royal Hobart Hospital
(Paediatrics & Child Health)
Launceston General Hospital
North West Regional Hospital
Foundation (BPT1)
Taranaki Base Hospital
(Paediatrics & Child Health)
N/A Foundation (BPT1)
Waikato Hospital
(Adult Medicine)
N/A Foundation (BPT1)
Consolidation (BPT2)
Sunshine and Footscray Hospitals
(Adult Medicine)
Albury Wodonga Health
Ballarat Hospital
Williamstown Hospital
Foundation (BPT1)
Consolidation (BPT2)

Please contact us if you would like more information.

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Make sure you're across the work of Evolve at the College

Part of a global movement, Evolve is an initiative led by physicians and the College to reduce low-value care in Australia and New Zealand. Evolve helps physicians to stay abreast of the current evidence and recommended best practice to support the provision of high-quality, high-value care to patients.

Evolve identifies a specialty’s Top 5 clinical practices that, in a particular circumstance, may be overused, provide little or no benefit, or cause unnecessary harm. Evolve recommendations are developed through a rigorous, peer-reviewed process; led by clinical experts, informed by in-depth evidence reviews, and guided by widespread consultation.

Working with NPS Medicine Wise through Evolve and Choosing Wisely we have developed case studies for recommendations on low-value practices for internal medicine and infectious disease. These resources and case studies are available on the Evolve resources webpage.

If you’re interested in getting involved with Evolve email

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