Trainee News April 2018

Message from the Chair of the College Trainees' Committee

This has been a difficult year for both trainees and the College, the issues with computer based testing being one of the biggest challenges that we have faced. A crisis such as this demands that everyone work hard to get through it and support the best outcomes, from fellow trainees to college staff, health services, DPEs, supervisors and trainees. As a committee we’ve seen a great deal of collegiality and many working additional shifts or offering tutorials to enable the trainees affected to focus on their exam preparation and achieve success.

CTC will be working closely with the RACP to ensure the conduct of future examinations goes smoothly and the well-being of trainees is given even greater focus with every decision. Even more importantly, we need to ensure that candidates for the 2019 written examination have information about the style and format of the examination as soon as possible, so that they can tailor their study and know what to expect. This will in part be determined by the outcome of the independent investigation.

New Zealand Trainees’ Day was held in Queenstown a few weeks ago. As well as providing a fantastic array of speakers, it was a great opportunity for trainees to network and socialise in picturesque surroundings. The Australian Trainees’ Day (New Zealanders welcome too of course!) will be held immediately before Congress in Sydney on the 13 May and I am pleased to advise that thanks to the support of our sponsors the price is now $50. I encourage you all to have a look at the program (the speakers look amazing) and consider registering.

We know that value for money is important for our trainees and have been actively advocating for increased transparency. The College has been working on articulating this with the latest breakdown in the annual report. Some of the fees invest in ensuring the quality of our training and accreditation while others are more tangible like the provision of eLearning resources. However, we would like to better understand the breakdown in more detail and will be writing to the FRMC to advocate for this for our trainees.

The College Learning Series is now live. Many of the lectures from the previous lecture series have now been uploaded with embellishments such as key point highlights and review quizzes to complement your learning. The current lectures are mainly focussed on adult medicine, however the plan is to work with Fellows to develop paediatric-specific lectures later this year. This will not only improve this resource but also ensure educational equity.

This will be my last message as the Chair of the CTC, with my term ending in May. I would like to welcome Dr Davina Buntsma as the new Chair of the CTC, who will be supported by Dr Elizabeth Keeling as Deputy Chair. I am confident that the CTC is in good hands and that the trainee voice will continue to be heard throughout the RACP. 

I would like to thank my Deputy Chairs Dr Susannah Ward and Dr Jin Russell for their support over the last two years and for their passion for representing trainees and improving the experience of training. I would also like to thank all members of the CTC and the NZ and state trainees’ committees as well as the hundreds of other committees and working groups that happen behind the scenes. It’s not always easy to find the time to donate to the College, in between fulfilling our own training requirements, sitting exams, working and life in general, and I am sure that all trainees would join me in saying thank you.
Finally, I would like to welcome Dr Alice Grey as the new trainee representative on the RACP Board. Alice will be one of ten Board members under the newly revised governance structure. Having trainee input at the highest level of College governance ensures not only that the current needs of trainees are addressed but also that we are securing a strong future for our trainees, the physicians of the future.

Best wishes,
Dr Tina Marinelli 
Chair of the College Trainees’ Committee

Trainees’ Day and Trainees Dinner 2018 – ​special registration ​rate, only ​four weeks to go

RACP Trainees’ Day is taking place on Sunday, 13 May 2018 just prior to RACP Congress 2018, at the RACP Office in Sydney. It is an opportunity for Basic and Advanced Trainees to meet and discuss critical topics around their profession and training pathway.

We are pleased to advise that due to the generous contribution from our sponsors Trainees Day 2018 is now $50. 

Connect with peers and hear from experienced physicians on interesting topics including:
  • The global refugee crisis: it is our responsibility? Keynote speaker Associate Professor Munjed Al Muderis Orthopaedic Surgeon presents a compelling narrative ​on fleeing execution in Iraq
  • Powerhouse of Presidential knowledge. Speakers: Dr Sarah Dalton, Paediatrics & Child Health Division President and Grant Phelps, Adult Medicine Division President and Associate Professor 
  • How can we advocate for a brighter future? Panelists Associate Professor Munjed Al Muderis and
    Professor David Isaacs
  • Cognitive bias. Speaker: Associate Professor Ian Scott , Consultant General Physician and Director of Internal Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology at Princess Alexandra Hospital Brisbane
  • Coaching and mentoring. Speaker: Dr Tara Brown, Paediatric Physician
Trainees' Day Dinner
The Trainees' Day Dinner will be held overlooking Darling Harbour. Confirm your attendance during the Congress registration process. 

Date: Sunday, 13 May 2018 
Time: 6pm to 10pm 
Venue: Blackbird Café, 201 Sussex Street, Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Harbour, Sydney 
Cost: $59 per person

​View the Trainees Day 2018 program and register on the Congress website

We look forward to seeing you in Sydney. 

2018 Trainees Research Awards for Excellence

The College is once again pleased to be hosting the Trainee Research Awards for Excellence as part of RACP Congress 2018.

Each Regional Committees selects one trainee from the field of adult medicine and one trainee from the field of paediatric medicine to represent their State, Territory or New Zealand. Award recipients receive an opportunity to attend Congress including airfares and accommodation.

The award recipients will be honoured during a dedicated afternoon tea on Tuesday, 15 May at 3.15pm. Trainees attending Congress are encouraged to attend the afternoon to hear from the recipients about their work.

The award recipients in 2018 are listed below.

Field of Adult Medicine
Dr Sacha Kepreotis from NSW/ACT. Abstract title: Inhibiting MIR-25 through touch decoy gene therapy improves calcium handling and abrogates cardiac dysfunction in aged MDX/UTRN Ko mice.

Dr Megan Brown from NT. Abstract title: The emergence of Myonecrosis: A case series of Myonecrosis in patients with CKD and Diabetes in Central Australia.

Dr Joshua Tobin from QLD. Abstract title: The Tumour Microenvironment As An Independent Prognostic Biomarker In Follicular Lymphoma.

Dr Christopher Wong from SA. Abstract title: Epicardial, abdominal and overall adiposity : Implications for Atrial fibrillation.

Dr Anoop Koshy from TAS. Abstract title: Smart Watches for Heart Rate Assessment in Arrhythmias

Dr Jasmine Singh from VIC. Abstract title: Correlation Between a 10-Colour Flow Cytometric Minimal Residua Disease (MRD) Analysis and Molecular MRD in Adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL).

Dr Sri Thiruvengadam from WA. Abstract title: DPP-4 Inhibitor Monotherapy and insulin resistance in post transplant diabetes mellitus.
Dr Frank Lin from NZ. Abstract title: Exploratory Analysis of Clinical Prognostic factors in patients with advanced cancer using computational text mining of routine digitalised oncology correspondence.

Field of Paediatric Medicine  
Dr Bernadette Prentice from NSW/ACT. Abstract title: Hyperglycaemia on continuous glucose monitoring correlates with pulmonary inflammation in young children with cystic fibrosis.

Dr Nick Fancourt from NT. Abstract title: Chest radiograph findings in childhood pneumonia cases from the multi-site PERCH study. 

Dr Yassmin Musthaffa from QLD. Abstract title: Changes To Thyroid Function (Tf) Following Growth Hormone (Gh) Therapy In Children With Prader-Willi Syndrome (Pws).

Dr Sally Kellett from SA. Abstract title: The Oxford IGA MEST score is associated with worse kidney outcomes in Childhood onset Henoch Schonlein Purpura Nephritis.

Dr Katrina Hannan from VIC. Abstract title: Sleep Help@Home. Targeted Behavioural Interventions to Improve Sleep Problems in Children and Reduce Tertiary Outpatient Waitlists: A Pilot Randomised Controlled Trail.

Dr Sarah Rumore from WA. Abstract title: Degree Of C3 Depletion As A Prognostic Factor For Apsgn In Children In The Kimberley Region Of Western Australia.

Dr Nicola Culliford-Semmens from NZ. Abstract title: The New Zealand Familial echo study revels high prevalence of rheumatic heart disease amongst parents and siblings of children with rheumatic fever: Echocardiography should be offered to first degree relatives.

Dr Jin Russell from NZ. Abstract title: Cumulative Socioeconomic Disadvantage increases the risk of multi-morbidity in early childhood.

Investigation into the cancelled Basic Training Written Examination

On 12 March Ferrier Hodgson, a corporate advisory firm, commenced their independent inquiry into the cancellation of the 19 February Basic Training Written Examination (cancelled due to a technical issue). Ferrier Hodgson have now completed their interviews with RACP staff and are preparing the documentation, including feedback from Fellow and trainees.

The investigation is expected to take about six weeks and following that time the RACP Board will receive a report from Ferrier Hodgson. Findings of the report will be released once the process is finalised.

Further updates on the Basic Training Written Examination can be accessed via the RACP website

College Learning Series update – content now live

The College Learning Series (CLS) is a new addition to the RACP eLearning website, designed to complement the Basic Training curricula. It's the home of curriculum relevant video talks, supplementary resources to help you learn, and discussion forums where you can interact with other interested trainees and Fellows.

New or updated talks are added to the CLS regularly, and targeted to meet the needs of our Basic Trainees. The current content is for Adult Medicine (a continuation of the Physician Education Program from previous years), and the Paediatrics Program is being developed. 
Current talk titles include:

  • diagnosis and management of stroke
  • management of diabetes — in and out of hospital
  • management of heart failure
  • pain management
  • introduction to geriatric medicine
  • assessment and management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

If you have any feedback about the CLS or suggestions, we encourage you to email us —

More information is available on the College Learning Series  page on the RACP website.

Physician Trainee Survey helping improve our accreditation program

The Physician Training Survey was introduced in October as part of our accreditation program. The survey results will help ensure the College continues to deliver high quality and safe training experiences for our trainees. Questions were designed to identify if there is sufficient support and training for supervisors and assess that our educational standards are being delivered. 

The survey offered trainees and supervisors the opportunity to have their voice heard about our accreditation program and training providers will receive an individualised report on the findings. We had a great response to this voluntary survey which closed in December 2017 and we would like to thank everyone who participated.

Tip sheet to help trainees

The Training Support team have put together a Tip Sheet to help trainees prepare and plan for the Rehabilitation Medicine written examination. Tips include planning well in advance, accessing knowledge guides and other resources, focusing on health and wellbeing, studying with others and a comprehensive list of rehabilitation resources.

The AFRM MEQ Paper – Tips for Trainees can be accessed on the RACP website.

Penelope Lowe Prize Winner

The RACP awarded the Penelope Lowe Prize to the Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine (AChSHM) trainee with the best case presentation at the AChSHM Annual Scientific Meeting held in March 2018.

The Penelope Lowe Prize is named in memory of Dr Penelope Lowe, FAChSHM and former Chapter Trainee Representative, who passed away in 2010.
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