Trainee News - July 2016

College Trainees' Committee Chair, Dr Tina Marinelli, update

The last few months have been a time of change for the College Trainees' Committee (CTC) with the recent changeover of the leadership team. 

Firstly, I would like to thank both Dr Alexandra Grieg (outgoing CTC Chair) and Dr Evan Jollife (outgoing CTC Deputy Chair and New Zealand Trainees' Committee Co-Chair). They have led the CTC for the last two years and have made significant contributions to trainees in both Australia and New Zealand. We wish them well as they transition into Fellowship and continue their educational journey overseas.

I would like to introduce myself as the new Chair of the CTC. I am an Advanced Trainee in Infectious Diseases, based in South Australia and have been involved with the College for the last four years. I have held various roles within the South Australian and National Trainees' Committees and have been on the College Education Committee. 

The two new Deputy Chairs are Dr Jin Russell, who is a Paediatric and Child Health trainee based in New Zealand and Dr Susannah Ward, who is a Rehabilitation trainee based in Sydney. Both have been heavily involved in various College Committees throughout their training. I look forward to working with Jin, Susannah and the rest of the CTC as we continue to imprint the trainee perspective on various policies being developed by the RACP, as well as leading new initiatives for trainees.

There are several focus areas for the CTC this year, including:

  • working with the RACP to develop resources to support trainee wellbeing as well as ensuring that the health and safety of trainees is incorporated into every aspect of policy development
  • contributing to the development of the Selection into Training Policy with the goals of: minimising the stress of the application process on potential trainees; ensuring diversity within the trainees who are selected; and insisting they receive high-quality training. This policy is closely intertwined with the related issues of assessing the RACP’s capacity to train and completing workforce assessment. The CTC believes this is critical to ensuring that trainees can progress through training and gain meaningful employment
  • continuing to improve communication with trainees and working to develop useful resources.  

Trainees' Day was held in Adelaide on Sunday, 15 May 2016, ahead of Congress. The theme for the day was 'Thrive and Survive' and a focus on professional development, and life away from the books and wards. Highlights for the day included learning the science behind mindfulness and how we can apply it to enhance our everyday lives. They also included examining how doctors construct their support structures and the potential weaknesses in these, as well as sessions on communication, interview skills, private practice, mentoring and leadership.

The model of Congress, including Trainees’ Day, is currently undergoing review. Trainees’ Day is run by trainees, for trainees. We would love to hear any feedback you may have about what sessions you would like to see at future Trainees’ Days, what time of year suits trainees best and any additional comments you may have.

As many of you will already know, a resolution to the College’s Constitution was passed at the recent Annual General Meeting, which will see the formation of a smaller Board with seven out of the 10 Directors being elected. These changes will take effect in 2018. We look forward to having ongoing trainee representation on the College Board as well as on the College Council.

This is your College and there are ample opportunities to get involved to help change and shape the future of the RACP whilst gaining invaluable experience along the way. Keep an eye out for current vacancies for trainees on various RACP committees and working groups.

College Trainees' Committee (CTC) Biographies 

Tina Marinelli – CTC Chair and South Australia Adult Medicine Division representative

Tina is an infectious diseases Advanced Trainee currently based in Adelaide, with a keen interest in public health medicine. As the CTC chair, Tina’s goal is to ensure that all trainees have access to high-quality training and believes that the health and wellbeing of trainees is paramount. To relax, Tina enjoys cardio-kickboxing and experiencing various cultures through cooking, the arts and travel.

Susannah Ward – CTC Deputy Chair and Australian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine representative

Dr Susannah Ward is an Advanced Trainee of The Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM) and recent Basmajian Prize Winner of the AFRM Fellowship exams. She is currently working at John Hunter Hospital and is the Deputy Chair of the CTC, a member of the RACP Board and the sits on the AFRM Trainee Committee.  

Susannah has a special interest in wellness and enjoys teaching yoga classes and mindfulness as an adjunct to clinical medicine. She is passionate about contributing to a medical culture that values compassion, mindfulness and prioritises the health of its professionals as a means to provide sustainable and quality health care to the community.

Jin Russell – CTC Deputy Chair and NZ Paediatrics & Child Health Division representative

Jin is a dual trainee in General Paediatrics and Community Child Health living in Auckland, New Zealand. She is currently halfway through a PhD in life course epidemiology. Jin is committed to trainees being given as much space, flexibility and support as possible during their training so that our future physician workforce is full of well-integrated, grounded and flourishing people. Jin is a foodie with a capital 'F' and loves cooking for friends and teaching her toddler how to bake (aka make a mess).

Other CTC Members

Dr Stefan Baku – ACT (Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine) representative
Dr George Bax – NZ (Adult Medicine Division) representative
Dr Davina Buntsma – NSW (Paediatrics & Child Health Division) representative
Dr Daryl Cheng – VIC (Paediatrics & Child Health Division) representative
Dr Charmaine Gray – SA (Paediatrics & Child Health Division) representative
Dr Vikas Gupta – NSW (Adult Medicine Division) representative
Dr Gopakumar Hariharan – TAS (Paediatrics & Child Health Division) representative
Dr Anna Hume – QLD (Adult Medicine Division) representative
Dr Elizabeth Keeling – International Medical Graduate representative
Dr Bret McVinish – QLD (Paediatrics & Child Health Division) representative
Dr Meg Ritchie – WA (Adult Medicine Division) representative
Dr Zoe Wake – WA (Paediatrics & Child Health Division) representative
Dr Hong Wu – VIC (Adult Medicine Division) representative

RACP trainees from across specialties, together for Trainees’ Day

The theme of the day was ‘Survive and Thrive’ and the aim was to provide trainees with skills to manage various challenges that they face in their daily practice. 

The day started with a yoga session led by Dr Susannah Ward, a rehabilitation registrar and qualified yoga instructor. 

Dr Roger Sexton provided trainees with an excellent overview of the health of doctors, using amusing metaphors to explain certain characteristics of medical professionals. By likening our support structures to the guy ropes of a tent, we learnt that as doctors, we often reduce our number of ropes down to two and when one of them breaks, our tent falls over. 

Dr Sexton emphasised the importance of medical care for doctors and encouraged us all to focus on our own preventative health by regularly seeing a general practitioner. 

Dr Maura Kenny, a psychiatrist and mindfulness specialist, explored the evidence behind mindfulness. We learnt how mindfulness can become part of a patient’s treatment regime and how we can incorporate it into our own lives. 

Other sessions for the day included a panel discussion on bullying, an interactive reflection on leadership and communication skills for palliative care. It also included information on private practice, mentoring and CV and interviewing skills. 

Following the RACP Ceremony, the day concluded with a dinner at the Belgian Beer Café, which allowed a small group of trainees, from a variety of different specialties, across Australia and New Zealand, to converse. 

This day is run by trainees, for trainees, and we welcome any feedback on sessions you would like to see at future Trainees’ Days. 

To assist us to improve your experience, please complete the post Trainees’ Day survey. It should only take two to three minutes of your time.
 
We look forward to seeing you at Trainees’ Day in Melbourne 2017.

 

Overseas Trained Professionals - what it's like on the other side

Dr Elizabeth Keeling explains the differences between working as a trainee physician in the United Kingdom and in New Zealand.

Having spent most of my undergraduate and postgraduate medical career in London, I arrived in New Zealand with trepidation about what training would be like 'down under'. 

Although there are obvious differences between the United Kingdom and New Zealand both in population size and demographics, I have been overwhelmed by the opportunities available to paediatric trainees here. 

One of the most notable differences is the generally better staffing levels in New Zealand which gives me more time for teaching and learning. 

We have enormous support from our senior colleagues who are really invested in our training meaning regular ad-hoc bedside teaching and case discussions are not uncommon. I have also been exposed to far more structured teaching sessions, grand rounds and journal clubs than ever before, which has really improved my clinical knowledge and once again ignited my passion for the speciality. 

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Australasia to postgraduate trainees. Access to world class training and having the time to fully engage with it, makes it a superb place to gain experience and skills. And that's before we even mention the weather.

RACP launches professional and confidential counselling service for all members

The RACP Support Program is a professional and confidential counselling service that is available to all RACP Fellows and trainees, 24 hours, seven days per week. 

Up to four sessions per year are free of charge.
  
The RACP has partnered with Converge International to provide members across Australia and New Zealand with access to confidential counselling, coaching and support for workplace and personal issues.

You can speak with a Converge International consultant about a range of issues including:

  • interpersonal conflict and tension
  • work-related stress and overload
  • changes in your work environment
  • bullying, harassment and grievances
  • discrimination and sexual harassment
  • relationship or family matters
  • personal and emotional stress
  • grief and bereavement
  • alcohol and drug related problems
  • mental health, including depression and anxiety
  • anger and violence
  • crisis intervention and trauma counselling
  • vicarious trauma
  • self-harm and suicide.

Converge International's consultants

All Converge International consultants are qualified professionals with extensive experience and knowledge of the health industry, including registered psychologists and experienced social workers.

Confidentiality

You can be assured that your confidentiality is maintained through the RACP Support Program. Details of your participation, issues or attendance will not be passed onto the RACP or your employer.

Converge International will periodically provide RACP with de-identified statistical data, that does not identify any individual information.

Contact

You can arrange to speak directly with a Senior Converge International Consultant face-to-face, over the phone or via the internet.

To make an appointment, or to speak with a RACP Support Program consultant, call 1300 687 327 (Aust) or 0800 666 367 (NZ). 

Foundation Awards and Prizes

RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence

The RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence competition is open to all trainees in the Divisions, Faculties and Chapters. These are competitions held annually to identify and acknowledge the best trainee research presentations in the fields of adult medicine and paediatric medicine. 

Each region hosts a regional competition event and two representatives from each region, one in the field of adult medicine and one in the field of paediatric medicine, are selected to present their research in Melbourne in May 2017. 

This is an excellent opportunity to speak and present your research to a wider audience.

Abstracts are now being accepted for the regional competitions and further information regarding abstract submission and competition dates are available on the RACP Foundation webpage.

Gerry Murphy Prize

Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (AFPHM) trainees are invited to participate in the annual regional competitions for the Gerry Murphy Prize. This is a great opportunity to use as a summative oral presentation and you are strongly encouraged to participate.

Regional finalists will be selected to represent the region at a national competition, to be held at the 15th World Congress on Public Health in Melbourne from 3 to 7 April 2017. They will receive: 

  • full registration for the Congress
  • return economy airfares for travel to and from their home town to the Congress
  • invitation to the AFPHM President's Dinner at the Congress.

The national recipient of the Gerry Murphy Prize receives a certificate signed by the AFPHM President, A$500 and a copy of The People's Health, written by Faculty Fellow, Dr Milton Lewis.

For regional competition dates, contact your regional office or foundation@racp.edu.au

Please visit the RACP Foundation website for further information on eligibility and application process.

Adrian Paul Prize

Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM) trainees are invited to submit entries for the Adrian Paul Prize. Scientific papers published in a refereed medical journal can be submitted by emailing foundation@racp.edu.au before Friday, 2 September 2016.
   
For information on eligibility and requirements, please visit the RACP Foundation website

T C Butler and F R T Stevens Prize

Tasmanian trainees are invited to submit applications for the T C Butler and F R T Stevens Prize.

Applicants are required to complete the application form and provide a written submission (approximately 1,500 words) on their perspective on a medical or clinical condition or illness which impacts a vulnerable group in society. This includes both physically and emotionally vulnerable groups (e.g. children, people with disability, socially disadvantaged) and also those vulnerable due to location (e.g. rural). 

This perspective should include possible solutions to minimise impact. An individual case may be used as an example. 

The essay must be based on work completed in Tasmania.

For full details on the eligibility criteria and application process go to the RACP Foundation website.

Jameson Investigator Award for Research related to Indigenous health issues

The award is open to RACP trainees who are registered as a Queensland member and have been admitted to Fellowship within three years at the time of the oral presentation.

The Jameson Investigator Award for Research related to Indigenous Health Issues is awarded to the best oral research presentation.

This award is due to the generosity of a bequest from Mrs Elsie Jameson.

Oral presentations are scheduled for Wednesday, 9 November 2016 from 6pm to 9pm at the RACP Queensland Office, Unit 20, Level 3, Royal Brisbane Place, 17 Bowen Bridge Road, Herston.

Abstracts should be submitted electronically to the RACP Queensland Office at racpqld@racp.edu.au by Friday, 23 September 2016.

For full details on the eligibility criteria and application process go to the RACP Foundation website.

RACP Foundation Awards

The following awards recognise Fellows and trainees for excellence and outstanding contributions or achievements. Nominations are now being accepted for:

The John Sands College Medal  
RACP Medal for Clinical Service in Rural and Remote Areas 
RACP International Medal
Howard Williams Medal
RACP Mentor of the Year
RACP Trainee of the Year

Please visit the RACP Foundation website to download the nomination form and for further details about each award.

 

Changes to the accreditation of RACP training providers – have your say

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians is seeking your feedback on its revised Physician Training Accreditation System that will accredit all training providers.

Your comments will help to shape the new Accreditation System, so that it supports the development of skilled physicians and the College Fellows who train them.

The proposed system streamlines the College’s multiple accreditation processes and links explicitly to College curricula. 

The changes include the introduction of strengthened training standards that require training providers to:

  • have an appropriate learning environment and culture
  • ensure high quality management of training
  • support Fellows in their teaching roles
  • provide a supported training experience for trainees
  • deliver the training program curricula and provide sufficient resources for this to occur.

The Accreditation System will be piloted from late 2017.

The proposed Physician Training Accreditation System consultation paper can be found on the College website and your feedback can be provided via an online survey.

The consultation closes on Friday, 5 August 2016.

For any queries regarding the accreditation review, please email: accreditationreview@racp.edu.au  
 

Regional Victorian Dual Training Program

The College is pleased to announce four new Advanced Training positions as part of the Victorian Dual Training Program.

The dual training positions will be in general and acute care medicine and another speciality. They will be advertised by the respective Health Services over the coming months. 

The positions are supported by structured, accredited four-year training pathways as indicated in the table below:

Dual Training Program   Year 1
General and Acute Care Medicine  
Year 2
Additional Speciality  
Year 3
Additional Speciality 
Year 4
General and Acute Care Medicine
  
General and Acute Care Medicine and Respiratory Medicine
 
Bendigo Health Austin Health 
Austin Health 
 
Bendigo Health
 
General and Acute Care Medicine and Endocrinology Goulburn Valley Health Austin Health  Austin Health Goulburn Valley Health
General and Acute Care Medicine and Respiratory Medicine  Ballarat Health Royal Melbourne Hospital   Royal Melbourne Hospital  Ballarat Health
General and Acute Care Medicine and Palliative Medicine  Latrobe Regional Health  Monash Medical Centre  Monash Medical Centre  Latrobe Regional Health 
The positions suit trainees who are keen to build careers in regional Victoria and expand their skills and expertise to manage a wide range of challenging clinical scenarios.

For further information on the program, please contact Fiona Hilton, Dual Training Project Manager on +61 3 9927 7708 or email fiona.hilton@racp.edu.au

Update on the first Victorian dual training position: Bendigo Health and Austin Health

Bendigo Hospital in central Victoria has been at the vanguard of Advanced Dual Training in Medicine in the state of Victoria. Based on a model from New South Wales, Bendigo Hospital, along with Austin Health in Melbourne, has appointed a trainee who will be trained in general medicine and gastroenterology. 

The trainee started in Bendigo's Intensive Care Unit in February 2016, and will rotate to a senior registrar position in the Acute Medical Unit in August. 

A senior and experienced trainee was appointed to the dual training position. It has allowed us to provide senior medical input at Medical Emergency Team calls, and facilitate closer cooperation between the Intensive Care Unit and the General Medical Unit at Bendigo Health. When the trainee rotates to the Acute Medical Unit their primary responsibility will be facilitating patient flow, preventing inappropriate admission and facilitating rapid but appropriate discharge.  

Associate Professor Mark W Savage 
Director of Clinical Training, Director of Medicine and Clinical Dean, Consultant Endocrinologist and General Physician, Medical Services, Bendigo Health 
 

Regional Advanced Training in General Medicine and Gastroenterology

Dr Chris Mills is the Advanced Trainee appointed to Bendigo Hospital and is training in General and Acute Care Medicine and Gastroenterology Medicine.  He discusses his experience having been selected for the position.

The dual training position at Bendigo fits perfectly with my career goals and aspirations. It recognises the need for training rural specialists, particularly rural general specialists. 

In an era of increasing sub specialisation, regional centres such as Bendigo provide one of the best opportunities for Advanced Training in General and Acute Care Medicine.

Beginning the rotation in Intensive Care enabled me to hone my skills in caring for acutely unwell patients and foster a collaborative bridge between Intensive Care and Acute Care Medicine departments. The Intensive Care training gave me the opportunity to appreciate the quality of care that can be offered in a regional setting when diverse specialists are available.

The position at Bendigo has also given me the opportunity to become engrossed in the local community, developing friendships and community partnerships to a degree not possible in metropolitan centres.

 

Last call – online courses, Modern Workplace Challenges and Diagnostic Error, closes 11 July 2016

Trainees are invited to register for the online courses Modern Workplace Challenges and Diagnostic Error. Participants are to complete both courses back-to-back, from July to August 2016. 

The Modern Workplace Challenges course includes topics such as social media, cultural dynamics, and dealing with difficult colleagues. 

The Diagnostic Error course, developed in collaboration with the New South Wales Clinical Excellence Commission, is designed to highlight the myriad of risks associated with diagnostic error, and improve diagnosis.

The courses consist of up to 10 case studies along with multiple choice questions, which will be emailed to participants weekly. There will be the opportunity to engage with other participants via web-based discussion forums. 

See the College website to read more about these courses. To register your interest email sppp@racp.edu.au 

Places are limited. 

Expressions of Interest close midnight Monday, 11 July 2016 (or when full).

New eLearning resources available now

Two new online resources on communication in difficult situations, and research projects, are the latest addition to the College’s eLearning library and are available to both trainees and Fellows. The eLearning resources have been created by drawing on member feedback and cover topics that form part of the College’s training program curricula and the new College Standards Framework. Central to the design are video and audio scenarios that are inspired by the real life experiences of our trainees and supervisors. The resources also include reflection and practice activities, online discussion forums and curated information. 

Communication skills

This resource is created to help trainees through difficult communication situations which emerge in everyday practice, such as conversations with patients and families around end-of-life care. It is based on established medical communication frameworks such as ISBAR, NURSE and SPIKES.

Research projects

In line with new Advanced Training program research requirements from 2017, this resource provides a useful guide to the College approved research types.  

It provides an interactive overview of the research process, from finding a supervisor to publication. It also includes tips from trainees who have completed successful Advanced Training research projects, as well as activities and opportunities for discussion. 

Access is easy, follow these steps:

  1. Log into the eLearning@RACP site.
  2. Watch the welcome video and complete the pre-participation survey. 
  3. Watch the videos or listen to the podcast interviews. 
  4. Use the “mark as read” buttons to keep your progress up to date. 
  5. Generate your certificate of completion.  

Medical Insurance Group Australia is offering four training grants 

Medical Insurance Group Australia assists doctors in training by offering four grants of $A5,000 as part of its Doctors in Training (DIT) Grants Program. 

The DIT Grants Program is open to doctors in training who are in their first to fifth postgraduate year; or who are enrolled in an accredited training program; or have completed their accredited training program within the last two years. 

The grants assist the doctors in funding their training opportunity and may include program fees, travel, accommodation and other expenses. 

Applications close: Friday, 4 November 2016. 

For more details email kate.philips@miga.com.au

Advanced Trainee Selection and Matching Service - applications now open

Advanced Trainee Selection and Matching (ATSM) applications are now open. Application dates vary depending on specialty.

The ATSM Service is provided by the College to help trainees secure an Advanced Training position with an accredited training hospital or health service.

If your specialty or state is not involved in the ATSM, you will need to contact your State Health Department or the individual hospital for further information on securing a position for your training. 

To find out more, including available positions and application dates, see the RACP website.
 

Expressions of Interest

EOI – Trainee Representative on the Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine (of the Adult Medicine Division) Committee

The Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine (AChSHM) Committee is seeking expressions of interest from current Sexual Health Medicine trainees for the position of trainee representative on the AChSHM Committee. 

The AChSHM Committee is the peak decision-making body for the Chapter and forms part of the Adult Medicine Division, reporting to the Adult Medicine Division Council. 

For further details regarding this position, please review the AChSHM Committee member position description

 If you are interested in applying for this position, please complete the following documents:

  • Expression of Interest form, including a 300 to 500 word statement outlining your interest in the position and how you meet the selection criteria  
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV).

The AChSHM Committee meets face-to-face twice a year in Sydney and twice via teleconference. The term of office for this position is two years. 

Please submit your AChSHM EOI form and CV to shmed@racp.edu.au by COB (AEST) on Friday, 15 July 2016.

EOI – Trainee Representative, Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Council

The Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (AFOEM) is seeking expressions of interest from current AFOEM trainees for the position of trainee representative on the AFOEM Council.

The trainee representative must be a member of AFOEM currently enrolled in the AFOEM training program. 

AFOEM seeks excellence in occupational and environmental medicine, education and practice. The Faculty does this through training and continuing debate and advocacy on matters of occupational and environmental medicine and the encouragement of occupational and environmental medicine research.

The Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine has been established to:

  • support the professional careers of Fellows and trainees of the Faculty
  • work with appropriate College Bodies and staff in connection with:

    - education, training and assessment of trainees
    - training and continual professional development
    - policy and advocacy
    - the assessment of overseas trained physicians
    - research
    - workforce.
  • promote and advance the body of knowledge in Occupational and Environmental Medicine
  • act as an authoritative source of advice within the College in connection with Occupational and Environmental Medicine
  • recommend to the Board, candidates for membership of the Faculty.

The Faculty Council meets four times a year, twice face-to-face and twice by teleconference.

Trainees who are interested in applying for membership of the AFOEM Council are invited to submit their Expression of Interest form and CV to afoem@racp.edu.au by 5pm (AEST) Friday, 15 July 2016.

EOI – Trainee Representative Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Policy and Advocacy Committee

The Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (AFOEM) is seeking expressions of interest from current AFOEM trainees for the position of trainee representative on the AFOEM Policy and Advocacy Committee.

The trainee representative must be a member of AFOEM currently enrolled in the AFOEM training program. 

The AFOEM Council has established the Policy and Advocacy Committee (PAC). The PAC will advocate across the Faculty and College, health professions, Government, business and the broader community involving policies and practices that optimise the health and wellbeing of the population. 

The Policy and Advocacy Committee: 

  • develops and continuously reviews a planned strategic policy agenda in consultation with the College Policy and Advocacy office and the College Policy and Advocacy Committee (CPAC) and engages and consults as necessary relevant external bodies with complementary policy agendas 
  • oversees the continuing development and review of policy position papers
  • develops  and continuously reviews  a strategic education and communications plan to promote the policies of the Faculty to Fellows, trainees, the College, health professions, Government and the broader community, in consultation with the Faculty's Education Committee, relevant working parties and ratified by Council
  • provides a single point of contact for external bodies seeking policy advice on emerging issues from the Faculty.

The committee meets four times a year, twice face-to-face and twice by teleconference.

Trainees who are interested in applying for membership of the AFOEM PAC are invited to submit their Expression of Interest form and CV to afoem@racp.edu.au by 5pm (AEST) Friday, 15 July 2016.  

EOI – Adult Medicine Division Council – Basic Trainee Representative

The Adult Medicine Division (AMD) is seeking Expressions of Interest from current AMD Basic Trainees to act as the Basic Trainee Representative to the AMD Council. 

The AMD Council is the representative body for Adult Medicine within the College and is responsible for organising all AMD-related activities within the broad constraints of the AMD By-Laws. The AMD Council encompasses a broad spectrum of medical specialties and, as a Committee of the RACP Board, the Council represents the interests of all AMD Fellows and Trainees within the College. 

The Basic Trainee representative will assist AMD Council by ensuring its effectiveness and performance in advocating for the interests of AMD Basic Trainees within the College. This includes providing regular reports to the AMD Council, and advising AMD Council on issues relating to College trainees.
  
Please refer to the AMD Council member position description for further information.

The AMD Council meets face-to-face twice a year at the RACP National Office in Sydney. The term of office for this position is two years, concluding in May 2018. 

To make an expression of interest please submit a completed EOI Form, a 300 to 500 word statement outlining your interest and how you meet the selection criteria and a copy of your full curriculum vitae to adult.med@racp.edu.au by 5pm Friday, 15 July 2016. 

EOI – The College Trainees' Committee (CTC) is currently seeking applicants for trainee roles

The CTC is currently seeking applicants for trainee roles including:  

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representative
  • Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Health representative
  • Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine representative.

The College Trainees’ Committee (CTC), Chaired by Dr Tina Marinelli, is the peak College Body representing the interests of trainees and has 16 representatives from our Divisions, Faculties and regional Trainees' Committees throughout Australia and New Zealand.

The CTC is focused on a number of priorities, including:

  • improving communication with trainees, including the development of a Trainee Communications Plan to be incorporated into the RACP Communication Strategy
  • continued advocacy on behalf of trainees in areas such as Soft Funding for paediatric positions, Selection into Training, Capacity to Train, the review of the accreditation of training sites and academic pathways that integrate training and research
  • ongoing development and implementation of trainee orientation days
  • embedding Annual Trainees’ Day as part of the RACP Congress
  • advocating for the health and wellbeing of doctors. 

The CTC champions the trainee perspective and ensures the trainee voice is heard across our College. Being a part of the Trainees’ Committee provides a unique opportunity to engage with the College and represent the needs and voice of trainees on key matters such as selection into training, assessment and overall education.

Terms are for two years during which the Committee will meet four times per year, two face-to-face meetings and two teleconferences. 

To register your interest please submit: 

  • an Expression of Interest form – clearing stating where you are in your training and when you expect to finish
  • CV – maximum two pages.

to traineescommittee@racp.edu.au by 5pm (AEST) Friday, 15 July 2016. 

EOI – New Zealand Trainee Representative - New Zealand Trainees’ Committee, closes 15 July 2016

The New Zealand Trainees’ Committee (NZTC) is seeking further expressions of interest from New Zealand trainees to join the NZTC as appointed members. Expressions of interest are open to all trainees in Adult Medicine, Paediatric and Child Health, Faculties and Chapters.

The NZTC represents and advocates on behalf of New Zealand trainees at all levels of RACP governance including matters affecting selection, training, assessment, supervision, and the education experience, and recommendations on policy matters.  

The NZTC is seeking to appoint several trainee representatives during the next six months to join the committee for a period of two years. In particular, representatives are sought from Basic Training.  The committee meets up to four times annually – two face-to-face meetings and up to two teleconferences.

Download the EOI form. Further information is available from Senior Executive Officer Steph Fink at steph.fink@racp.org.nz. Trainees interested in applying should submit their expression of interest form by Friday, 15 July 2016.

EOI: RACP Western Australia College Trainees’ Committee

Interested Adult Medicine and Paediatrics & Child Health Medicine trainees are encouraged to join the RACP Western Australia Trainees’ Committee.

This committee sits under the College Trainees’ Committee on which there is an Adult Medicine and Paediatrics & Child Health trainee representative from Western Australia. 

These committees aim to advocate for trainees, provide a forum for the views of all trainees and ultimately to enhance the training experience.

The RACP Western Australia Trainees’ Committee  meets four times a year to discuss trainee related issues, as well as organising events such as the Basic Training Orientation and Advanced Training Forum for WA trainees, an initiative the committee started in 2014. 

If you are interested in joining the RACP Western Australia Trainees’ Committee, please send an email to Helen Prince, Member Support Officer, RACP WA, Helen.Prince@racp.edu.au to express your interest.

EOI – Seeking paediatric, adult medicine, rehabilitation, occupational medicine and public health trainees to join Northern Territory Trainees’ Committee

The RACP seeks enthusiastic and motivated paediatric, adult medicine, rehabilitation, occupational medicine and public health trainees to join the Northern Territory (NT) Trainees’ Committee.

This is an opportunity to get involved with post-graduate medical education and College representation.

Meeting four times per year, the committee is responsible for addressing educational and wellbeing issues that affect trainees across the Territory. We organise several annual educational events for trainees and are always looking for new ways to support and assist trainees.

This is not a time-consuming commitment and is very manageable while you are preparing for exams. There is also the opportunity to extend your involvement to the national level on various working-groups and committees. No prior experience is required and we welcome applicants from all stages of training.

To apply, complete the EOI form and send to racpnt@racp.edu.au by Friday, 15 July 2016.

EOI - College Policy and Advocacy Trainee Representative

The College Policy & Advocacy Council (CPAC) has a CTC representative role which has become available. The CPAC Council has a term of two years. They meet face-to-face twice a year and the next meeting is scheduled for 7 to 8 September. This will be a great opportunity for new members to meet each other for the first time and to set the 2017 policy and advocacy agenda for the College.

CPAC receive an end of week report every Friday to summarise the decisions made by CPAC Advisory Committee during their weekly decision-making cycle. Typically Council is not requested to make any decisions outside of the face-to-face meetings, however there are times when Council input and approval is required out of session, via email, this will be clearly highlighted to them. 

The College website P&A pages have details of current, active policy and advocacy priorities of the College, information on how members can get involved in policy and advocacy, and a P&A Library of published documents developed with the membership.
   
If you are interested in the role, please send through your EOI and CV to traineescommittee@racp.edu.au by COB Friday, 15 July 2016. 

EOI - Fellowship Committee Representative

The Fellowship Committee works closely with all College bodies, including the Divisions and Faculties, to increase the value and relevance of Membership to Fellows and trainees.

To achieve this overarching purpose the Fellowship Committee oversees: 

  • the development of member services
  • communication with Members, including engagement surveys
  • annual College Congress, College Ceremony and other celebrations and events (such as anniversary celebrations)
  • the framework of awards and recognition that express appreciation for the pro bono work of Members.

The Fellowship Committee also makes recommendations to the Board in relation to the awarding of Honorary Fellowships, other than recommendations made by Divisions, Faculties or Chapters; and can recommend to the Board names of non-Fellows who should be considered to receive a College award. 

Download the Fellowship committee by-laws (PDF 86KB)

Please submit your EOI form and a brief CV to traineescommittee@racp.edu.au by COB Friday, 15 July 2016. 

EOI - Assessment Committees - Trainee Representative

Education Services are seeking recommendations from the College Trainees’ Committee for the following roles: 

  • a trainee member – Adult Medicine Division Assessment Committee 
  • an Advanced Trainee member – Written Examination Committee – Adult Medicine Division.

A new model of governance for assessment has been approved by the Board which includes the establishment of a College Assessment Committee (CAC) reporting to the College Education Committee and the appointment of a College Censor who will Chair the CAC. The Censor has now been appointed. 

Education Services are now in the process of establishing all committees in the new model. The Terms of Reference for each committee can be found in the attached document. 

In the Division Written and Clinical Examinations Advanced Trainees are specified as it is not appropriate for basic trainees to be involved in operational discussions relating to examination development. 

Terms of Reference for each Committee can be obtained by emailing Wendy Rahtz at wendy.rahtz@racp.edu.au

Please return your completed EOI form and your resume by COB, Friday, 15 July 2016 to examinations@racp.edu.au

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