Clinical Associate Professor Gupta has a number of interests in relation to the NSW/ACT State Committee. The first is in training the next generation of doctors. She sees that the NSW/ACT State Committee has an important role in being ‘close to the ground’ in relation to trainees and supervisors and is in a good position to provide input and feedback to other College bodies about the needs and experiences of trainees and supervisors.
Clinical Associate Professor Gupta is also keen for the State Committee to work closely with the College in being more active in influencing state health policy – whether it be providing input into legislation, advocating on public health issues such as Aboriginal or refugee health, and also interacting with government and peak bodies of interest to physicians.
“I feel that a real strength of the College is that it is a large organisation with committed Fellows and trainees who can really add weight to the conversation about the health of patients and our populations at a policy level,” said Clinical Associate Professor Gupta.
She is particularly keen to develop and promote opportunities for colleagues through the State Committee to take advantage of the collegiality within the organisation. This year, with RACP staff, she organised the successful member engagement dinner with the Director of the NSW Office of Health and Medical Research. She hopes that there will be other such dinners in the future, including in rural settings, and that over time, different Fellows may attend from time to time.
An update from the NSW/ACT Trainees’ Committee
It has been a busy year for the NSW/ACT Trainees’ Committee. We have hosted a record five events for trainees this year, starting with Adult and Paediatric Basic Training Orientations, where we not only welcomed many new trainees but also met aspiring Junior Medical Officers interested in physician training.
This was followed by our annual Joint Adult and Paediatric Basic Trainee Forum with pearls of wisdom on surviving Basic Training, how to write a CV and how to pass your exams. Following their success last year, we continued to hold separate Advanced Trainee Forums for Adult and Paediatric Trainees to better address training topics specific to their field.
The Paediatric Advanced Trainee Forum shed light on topics including the new research project requirement for Advanced Trainees, how to pick your Fellow year and surviving Advanced Training. The Adult Advanced Training Forum offered vigorous discussion on what’s needed to pursue various career prospects including dual training, private practice or research.
These events are hosted on request and based on feedback from trainees. We hope to continue hosting these events next year.
If you have ideas or thoughts on how to improve the trainee experience or concerns regarding your training, please let us know or better yet, get involved in the Committee by speaking to one of the existing committee members.
The RACP trainees also have a closed Facebook group
that you are welcome to join. It is a great space for trainees to meet and share their experiences, ideas and pearls of wisdom, as well as receive trainee relevant material from the RACP.
Dr Lucy Deng
Trainee Representative, NSW/ACT State Committee
NSW/ACT RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence
The RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence competition is held to select State, Territory and New Zealand representatives to present their research work at an event connected with RACP Congress.
Two trainees, one presenting in the field of adult medicine and one presenting in the field of paediatric medicine, are selected to represent their State, Territory or New Zealand by the respective regional committee.
We are delighted to announce the regional representatives for NSW/ACT:
In the field of adult medicine
Dr Jun Dai presenting ‘Remote frozen section examination of parathyroidectomy specimens by telepathology using Mikroscan D2 and Aperio LV1: a validation study’.
In the field of paediatric medicine
Dr Karrnan Pathmanandavel presenting ‘Antibodies to surface dopamine-2 receptor and n-methyl-daspartate receptor in the first episode of acute psychosis in children’.
Dr Karrnan Pathmanandavel and Dr Jun Dai will represent NSW/ACT at the RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence in Melbourne in May 2017.
Telehealth workshop – making telehealth real
In October, the NSW/ACT State Committee hosted the well-received Telehealth Workshop at the RACP Sydney office. The aim of the workshop was to provide guidelines and practical experience to trainees and Fellows in the private and public systems.
Dr Hilda High, a medical oncologist who specialises in cancer genetics and works in private practice and Ms Julia Martinovich, Telehealth Manager at the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation presented on the evening.
Dr High spoke about the numerous areas of consideration when using telehealth such as what technology to use, how to ensure professionalism during an appointment, Medicare billing and payment.
Ms Martinovich presented some of the key clinical, financial and legal considerations as well as success factors to implantation.
Their combined area of knowledge resulted in a meaningful workshop and discussion with the audience. The event received a lot of interest from rural areas and we are looking at options for having a workshop for these areas.
Watch a recording of the telehealth workshop
RACP NSW/ACT gets out and about
NSW Health Symposium
Dr Sarah Dalton, Paediatrics & Child Health Division President and NSW/ACT State Committee Deputy Chair, Dr Suharsha Kanathigoda, represented the College and the NSW/ACT State Committee at this year’s NSW Health Symposium – Festival of Contagious Ideas. Attendees were encouraged to share their thoughts and both Dr Dalton and Dr Kanathigoda said it was interesting to see hear how innovation and change can lead to better patient outcomes.
Medical Board of Australia Revalidation Forum
Associate Professor John Eastwood represented the NSW/ACT State Committee at the Medical Board of Australia’s stakeholder forum on options for revalidation on Tuesday, 15 November.
The Medical Board of Australia (MBA) has over the recent years begun to look towards a process of recertification or ‘revalidation’ for medical practitioners in Australia. To lead their work on the area of revalidation, the MBA has set up an Expert Advisory Group on the issue. The group has produced an interim report
with a proposed approach to support medical practitioners to maintain and enhance their professional skills and knowledge and to remain fit to practise medicine. Professor Richard Doherty, Dean, RACP represents the College on the MBA’s Expert Advisory Group on Revalidation.
The RACP has been proactive in this area having formed the RACP Revalidation Working Party and has been involved in discussions with the MBA on a number of occasions. Read the RACP submission to the MBA revalidation consultation
Pre-Internship (PRINT) Conference 2016
Staff from the RACP NSW/ACT State Office presented at the Pre-Internship (PRINT) Conference held in Sydney at the end of October.
The academic event was targeted at graduating medical students in NSW and the ACT. The Conference provided support for students transitioning between the end of medical school and the beginning of their medical career. The PRINT Conference featured a number of high profile speakers including paediatric emergency specialist and RACP Paediatrics and Child Health Division President Dr Sarah Dalton, palliative medicine specialist and Senior Clinical Advisor at the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care Associate Professor Amanda Walker and gastroenterologist Dr Peter Lim.
Northern Sydney Coastal Basic Physician Training Network Orientation Evening
New Basic Trainee’s enjoyed an information session at the Northern Sydney Coastal BPT Network orientation evening at Royal North Shore Hospital in early November.
Staff from the NSW/ACT State Office presented on the Adult Medicine Basic Training program, college requirements and Physician Readiness for Expert Practise (PREP) tools.