Melbourne - February
Dr Kathryn McLeod on 'The struggling urology trainee: A qualitative study into causes of underperformance'
Urological surgical trainees who underperform are difficult to identify, manage and, require significant resources in an already stretched system relying on pro bono supervisors that often have no formal training. Whilst there are commentaries on how to manage underperforming surgical trainees, there is a lack of data detailing the complex reasons for underperformance. It is important to understand the complexities contributing to underperformance so that improved remediation plans can be developed which can better help trainees meet expectations and succeed.
About Dr Kathryn McLeod
Dr McLeod completed her medical training at the University of Adelaide and then went on to complete Urological training in 2013. Dr Kathryn McLeod is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and a member of the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand. Throughout 2014, Dr McLeod spent 12 months completing further training under the supervision of Professor Helen O'Connell, gaining experience in voiding dysfunction, female urology and neurourology.
Dr McLeod is a consultant Urological Surgeon at the Geelong University Hospital. Her private practice is based in Geelong at the St John of God Specialist Centre. She also provides a monthly consulting and operating sessions at Colac Hospital. Dr. McLeod treats patients with general urological issues including voiding dysfunction, urinary tract stones, prostate problems, lower tract oncology and female urology.
Dr McLeod is currently completing her Masters in Surgical Education at the University of Melbourne, and has received the 2019 Academy of Surgical Educators Surgical Education Research Scholarship. She is on the Victorian Training Committee and is the SET trainee supervisor for urological trainees at University Hospital Geelong. She is involved in the Education Committee for USANZ and currently involved in a curriculum re-design. Kathryn has an appointment as a Senior lecturer at Deakin University Medical School. Her and her husband have two boys, three-year-old Lachie and Jack who is six months old.
Professor Gerry Gormley on 'When right could be so wrong: right/left confusion in healthcare'
Wrong‐sided procedures represent some of the most catastrophic errors in health care. In this talk, Professor Gormley will explore reasons to why individuals can confuse right and left. More importantly he will consider measures to reduce such errors happening in practice
About Professor Gerry Gormley
Professor Gormley is a clinical academic at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) and a General Practitioner in Belfast, Northern Ireland. At the intersection between teaching, research and clinical practice, he is in a privileged position to identify, generate and apply new knowledge relating to educational practice
He has two main streams of research interest. Firstly, gaining a greater understanding of the complex socio-cultural dimensions of clinical competency assessment and medical students’ professional development, particularly relating to the OSCE. His second area of research relates to uncertainty and complexity in simulation based learning. By harnessing dramaturgical and psychological techniques, he is exploring new ways to afford learners a more embodied and immersive simulated learning experience.
He has also developed a research curiosity into why some individuals confuse their right from left and how this applies to healthcare – such as wrong sided surgery.
Melbourne - March (in conjunction with International Women's Day)
Professor Sanziana Roman on 'Diversity and Belonging in Medicine: Practical Approaches to Moving the Needle'
About Professor Sanziana Roman
Dr Sanziana A. Roman, M.D., FACS is Professor of Surgery with a clinical interest in endocrine and minimally invasive surgery, with a focus in thyroid and adrenal diseases, including paediatric and adult endocrine tumors. She is one of few high-volume adrenal surgeons around the USA performing posterior retroperitoneoscopic adrenalectomy. She is the author of more than 180 peer-reviewed publications in outcomes analysis, cost-effectiveness/decision analysis, meta-analysis, and survey-based methodologies, as well as stem cell research.
Dr Roman currently serves as the Director of Learning and Teaching in the Procedural Specialties and the Dean's Diversity Leader for Leadership Equity and Inclusion in the School of Medicine at UCSF. She has a national and international reputation in endocrine surgery and education, having served as the Co-Director of the Fellowship Programs of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, and is an active member of leadership committees of several national academic societies, including the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, the Association for Academic Surgery and the American Thyroid Association.
Prior to her arrival at UCSF, she was a tenured Professor of Surgery at Duke University, where she served as the Director of the Endocrine Surgery Fellowship Program and the Associate Chief of the Division of Advanced Oncologic and Gastrointestinal Surgery.
Dr Roman organized a symposium about women in surgery, reported on in the World Journal of Surgery in June 2018. The result was powerful testimonials from women surgeons, from Europe to the United States, from Africa to Australia and Asia, reflecting the culture of the place where their career took place. Despite their cultural differences, they all had in common the struggle to establish themselves in the surgical profession, traditionally a male-dominated field.
April - Special Educator Studio Session
Professor Spencer Beasley and Professor David Watters on 'Leadership and followership: How they are connected and why they are important to ALL surgeons'
About Professor Spencer Beasley
Spencer is a Professor of Paediatric Surgery and the Clinical Director of the Department of Paediatric Surgery, Christchurch Hospital. Until 1996, he was a consultant paediatric surgeon and paediatric urologist at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and Senior lecturer at Melbourne University.
He is the former Vice-President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Chairman of the Governance and Advocacy Committee, Chairman of the Board of Surgical Education and Training, Deputy Censor-in-Chief and Chair of the Court of Examiners of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and has been responsible for the governance of the surgical training programmes in all specialties in Australia and New Zealand. Also, he is a former New Zealand Censor, Chair of the Board of Paediatric Surgery and Senior Examiner in Paediatric Surgery RACS.
He is a previous president of the Australasian Association of Paediatric Surgeons (now known as the Australia and New Zealand Association of Paediatric Surgeons) and is the current President of the New Zealand Society of Paediatric Surgeons. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons. He is a former member of the Male Champions of Change STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) group, working towards removing the impediments to gender equity.
He was a founding member of the Child Cancer and the Developmental Genetics Research Group, and was a board member of the Rainbow Children’s Trust. He is a current trustee of the Children’s Cancer Research Trust (Canterbury). He has developed a regional service for paediatric surgery throughout the South Island, providing outreach regular clinics and operating sessions in every South Island public hospital.
His clinical research has involved development of measures of outcome in paediatric surgery, gender equity, assessment of skills through simulation and the effect of configuration of surgical services on clinical outcomes.
He recently retired as the specialty editor for Paediatric Surgery of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery, but remains a Senior Editor of the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. He has written or edited nine textbooks on paediatric surgery and related subjects. He is currently editing the Oxford University Press textbook on Paediatric Surgery.
About Professor David Watters
David Watters is the Chair of the Victorian Perioperative Consultative Council, established in 2019 as a multidisciplinary Council to promote safety and quality for patients undergoing surgery and anaesthesia. Since 2000 he has been Professor of Surgery for Barwon Health in Geelong, initially with Melbourne (2000-2010), and then Deakin University (2011-). He is an active general surgeon with interests in general, colorectal and endocrine surgery. He is a former Councillor (2007-2016) and Past President of RACS (2015-16). He has been one of the founding faculty for the General Surgeons of Australia (GSA) Management of Surgical Emergencies (MOSES) course, the RACS’ Clinical Decision Making, Surgeons as Everyday Leaders and Training Standards courses.
He is actively engaged in advocating for global surgery, having spent almost 20 years in developing countries including Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong, Zambia and South Africa. He is an Edinburgh University graduate, and in addition to the FRACS, a fellow of the Edinburgh, Hong Kong, and East Central and Southern Africa Colleges of Surgeons. His research interests include surgical audit, outcomes and performance, digital health (information systems and metrics), colorectal surgery, perioperative mortality and global health. He was a co-author of the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery and has over 180 peer reviewed publications and 6 books; four on clinical topics in low-middle income countries - includingNeurosurgery in the Tropicswith JV Rosenfeld, now in its 2019 second edition - and two on surgical history: Stitches in Time - Two centuries of Surgery in Papua New Guinea (Xlibris, 2012)andAnzac Surgeons of Gallipoli (RACS, 2015). Deakin University appointed him the title of Alfred Deakin Professor (August 2016) and he was awarded Life Membership of the Medical Society of Papua New Guinea in September 2017. He is an honorary Member of Asian Surgical Association (2015) and in recognition of his contribution to surgery and surgical training in PNG he was awarded the OBE (Queen’s Birthday 2012), and Membership of the Order of Australia (AM, Queen’s Birthday 2018) for his contribution to endocrine and colorectal surgery and professional organisations. In PNG, he was awarded Rotary's highest honour – a Paul Harris Fellowship in 2000 for his contribution to Rotary’s Overseas Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC). In September 2017, he gave the Guthrie Lecture to the British Society of the History of Medicine, on “Daring to Dream of Equal Opportunity in Medicine” which presented a history of the struggle experienced by women to train as doctors and specialists and to be treated with equity in the medical profession.
- Speaker: Dr Stewart Flemming
- Topic: Teaching Professional Skills on the Run
About Dr Stewart Flemming:
Stewart Flemming is a hand surgeon working at Fiona Stanley and Fremantle Hospitals. His background, and original training, was in plastic surgery, but towards the end of his training he developed a deep interest in hand surgery and was awarded the British Society of Surgery of the Hand's Pulvertaft hand surgery fellowship. He spent 6 months working with Professor John Stanley, one of the UK’s leading expert on arthroscopy and surgery of the wrist. Thereafter he studied under Harold Kleinert at the internationally renowned Louisville Hand surgery service, Kentucky, USA, where many of the UK’s and Australia’s leading hand surgeons have been trained. On return to the UK he helped to develop the hand surgery service at St Andrew’s Billericay, which was to become one of the largest and busiest centres in the UK.
He migrated to Perth in 2008, following his heart, and worked at the Fremantle hospital and health service. He married Barbara in 2009. He established a weekly hand trauma service (one day a week) to reduce the workload on Royal Perth Hospital. When the Fiona Stanley Hospital was opened the service lapsed but its reinstatement was recommended, as part of the Plastic Surgery review of South Metro and, together with Mr Paul Jarrett, he set up a combined plastic / orthopaedic hand trauma day surgery service at Fremantle, unique in WA and one of only a few in Australia.
He has a special interest in Non Technical skills and teaches on the RACS NOn Technical Skills for Surgeons (NOTSS) courses, for senior trainees and consultants, and on the RACS Training in Professional Skills (TIPS) courses for trainees. He is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at UWA and teaches on the “Cutting Edge” courses at CTEC, where he has also established a microsurgical training course for nurses. He has published more than 30 articles in peer reviewed journals and book chapters, and has made over 100 presentations to learned societies in Europe, USA and Australia. He is undertaking research into “Communicating in the Operating Room” and “Fatigue in Surgeons” with Professor Sharon Parker of UWA’s Business School. In his spare time he walks his dogs, paints, and dances Tango and modern jive with his wife.
May - Special Educator Studio Session
- Speaker: Dr Rhea Liang
- Topic: Five myths about unacceptable behaviour in surgical education
About the topic:
Despite accumulating evidence of the adverse effects of unacceptable behaviour in clinical practice, many surgeons continue to embrace false perceptions about appropriate professional behaviour, interactions and approaches to teaching within surgical departments and more generally within healthcare institutions. This presentation explores five misperceptions about unacceptable behaviour in surgical education. This session is intended to complement therecently published article in ANZ Journal of Surgery and will include ample time for questions.
About Dr Rhea Liang:
Rhea is a general and breast surgeon on the Gold Coast, surgical educationalist, and Chair of the RACS Operating With Respect Education Committee. She researches and advocates in diversity and equity issues. She tweets at@LiangRhea
- Speaker: Professor Gregory Phillips
- Topic: Cultural safety, racism and unconscious bias in medical education
About the topic:
This presentation will define cultural safety, including how it is different and similar to cultural competence. We will review the evidence about racism, discrimination and unconscious bias as a public health issue. This presentation will also cover how medical schools and colleges have and could respond more effectively.
About Professor Gregory Phillips:
Professor Gregory Phillips is a Waanyi and Jaru medical anthropologist. He leads change in cultural safety and decolonisation in community, academic, government and corporate organisations. He wrote a world first Indigenous health curriculum framework for all medical schools in Australia and New Zealand, founded the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Network, and established the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation in the wake of the federal apology to Indigenous Australians. He recently wrote and launched AHPRA’s national strategy for better regulation of health professions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and cultural safety. His PhD examined culture, race and power in medical education, his research masters in medical science investigated PTSD and addictions in remote Aboriginal communities, and his Bachelor of Arts was in Aboriginal Studies and Government. He is CEO of ABSTARR Consulting, chairs the Ebony Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Institute, and is Professor of First People’s Health in the School of Medicine at Griffith University.
June - Special Educator Studio Sessions
- Speaker: Ms Debbie Paltridge
- Topic: Modifying teaching and supervision during COVID-19
About the topic:
The COVID-19 situation is bringing with it not only personal and professional challenges but also challenges to provision of teaching and supervision. This seminar will explore ways to support your trainees and student learning during this difficult time. Specific topics will include;
- Using technology to facilitate learning
- Supporting independent learning
- Assessment and feedback in the virtual environment
About Ms Debbie Paltridge:
Debbie Paltridge is the RACS Principal Education Advisor. She has more than 20 years’ experience in medical education and has held national and international roles. She has a particular interest in supporting learning in the workplace through teaching, supervision, feedback and assessment. She also has experience in delivering education remotely and online.
- Speaker: Mr David Bartle
- Topic: Number 8 wire approach to surgical education
About the topic:
The term ’Number 8 Wire’ has come to represent a ‘can-do’ attitude of ingenuity and resourcefulness. As surgical educators it is important for us to be aware of the various resources we have available - often the simplest are the most versatile and effective. This session will promote a practical 'No. 8 wire’ approach to surgical education which is based on relevant theory and evidence.
About Mr David Bartle:
David is an Orthopaedic and Spinal surgeon based in Tauranga New Zealand. David has a Masters in Surgical Education and is a member of the Academy of Surgical Educators and Fellow of the Edinburgh Faculty of Surgical Trainers.
July - Special Educator Studio Session
- Speaker: Mr Paul Larkin
- Topic: Conflict without casualties - Compassion skills for improved outcomes and wellbeing
About the topic:
Research shows that the use of compassion skills in clinical settings has positive outcomes for patient experience, clinical outcomes and clinician wellbeing. Research also show compassion skills can be effectively trained. This presentation will introduce not just research, but the 'Leading Out of Drama' model for training compassion skills that can be immediately applied and generalised to any setting.
About Mr Paul Larkin:
After a career managing professional and national sporting teams at the highest level, and practise as a commercial solicitor, one thing became clear to Paul - at the root of high performance rests with mindset and skills. After completing a Psychology Graduate Diploma, Paul has spent the last decade working with educators, athletes, teams, corporates and in healthcare to train and coach effective conflict, communication, motivation and distress management.
Paul is a certified Process Communication Model trainer and Leading Out of Drama Master Trainer (Oceania).
- Speaker: Professor Jeff Hamdorf
- Topic: Paradigm shift in surgical education
About the topic:
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented individuals, institutions and countries with challenges that have tested the resources and resilience of the most capable and well prepared.
Educationally there is an imperative that universities graduate capable and prepared medical students to be next year’s interns, that hospitals provide robust quality supervision and training opportunities and colleges and specialty societies need to find ways to graduate senior trainees to support the medical workforce.
Jeff will demonstrate some of the ways that the challenges are being met in the university sector for students who were until mid March in clinical placement settings and who been unable to access clinical material since. Modified education and training sessions have been developed, students are engaged in flipped classroom approaches and standardised cases have been used for modified structured clinical assessments. The evaluation of these programs has provided interesting food for thought.
About Professor Jeff Hamdorf:
Jeff is an Academic Surgeon (Upper Gastrointestinal and Bariatric) based at The University of Western Australia and Hollywood Private Hospital in Nedlands, Western Australia.
He was the inaugural Professor of Medical Education at The University of Western Australia (UWA), Jeff is the Director of CTEC, a world-class skills training centre and is UWA’s Professor of Surgical Education.
Over an extended period of time he has been influential in teaching and learning, curriculum development, summative assessment and student progress. At the postgraduate level he has been involved with the education of trainees through simulation. Awarded Member of the Order of Australia, 2019, for services to medical education and surgery, particularly in the area of bariatric surgery.
Research interests include PhD, Masters of Surgery and medical student supervision in medical, surgical and nursing education, and obesity especially relating to interprofessional team care. Publications include 3 book chapters and over 60 publications.
He is also the:
- Founding partner Indonesian Clinical Training and Education Center (ICTEC), Jakarta
- Former External Examiner (2017) and current External Assessor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya
- Speakers and topics:
- Dr Vivian Yu FRACS on 'First steps into the operating theatre – a qualitative study of learning in the operating theatre from the perspective of the novice'
- Dr Henry To FRACS on 'Remediation of surgical trainees'
About the 'First steps into the operating theatre – a qualitative study of learning in the operating theatre from the perspective of the novice':
The operating theatre constitutes a novel learning environment for medical students. A study exploring the earliest experiences of attending the operating theatre was conducted to identify what is learned from the perspective of the novice. The details of this study and potential strategies to enhance medical student learning in the operating theatre will be presented in this session.
About Dr Vivian Yu:
Vivian Yu is a consultant breast, endocrine and general surgeon with a public appointment at Eastern Health in Melbourne and private practice based in Mount Waverley. She completed her undergraduate medical degree along with a Bachelor of Science through The University of Melbourne prior to undertaking general surgical training through the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne. After being awarded Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons she completed three years of post-fellowship training in breast, endocrine and general surgery in Australia and New Zealand.
She has an appointment as senior lecturer and surgery rotation co-ordinator at the Eastern Health Clinical School, Monash University and is a senior instructor for the Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient (CCrISP) and instructor for the Management of Surgical Emergencies (MOSES) courses for surgical trainees. She is currently completing studies towards Masters of Surgical Education.
About the 'Remediation for surgical trainees':
Surgical trainees with significant underperformance require formalised support to return to the expected standard, termed remediation. We have performed a scoping review to understand the current evidence base for remediation interventions, approaches and contexts. We have also determined areas that require future strengthening and research
About Dr Henry To:
Henry To is a practising breast/endocrine and general surgeon in Melbourne, Australia. He has published and presented on innovations in genomics and novel surgical techniques. He has an interest in surgical education and research particularly in trainee wellbeing.
- Speaker: Mr Neil Price
- Topic: A surgeon reflecting on insight
About the topic:
As a Paediatric Surgeon, Neil hears comments made about the Insight of surgeons, trainees, even medical students who seem to be performing poorly or unprofessionally. This led him to wonder what exactly do we mean when we talk about Insight, and if it is so critical what are we doing to ensure surgeons have it?
About Mr Neil Price:
Neil Price is the Board Chair of Paediatric Surgical SET. Neil is a practising Paediatric Surgeon at Starship Hospital in Auckland (NZ) and a professional teaching fellow in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. Neil is currently a PhD candidate in the Centre for Medical and Health Sciences Education. Neil’s research focus is the concept of Insight as it relates to the practicing Paediatric Surgeon.
- Speaker: Associate Professor Bryan Ashman
- Topic: Developing a spine surgery training program using EPAs
About the topic:
Spine surgeons begin their careers as either orthopedic or neurosurgeons. Most training programs in spine surgery around the world are based on surgical apprenticeships through fellowships at hospitals specializing in spine surgery, supplemented by continuing medical education activities. Very few of these fellowships have a curriculum or formal training program.
The starting point for a curriculum planning process using entrustable professional activities (EPAs) begins with analyzing the professional work of the specialist medical practitioner. This analysis identifies the essential activities that can be entrusted only to those who have acquired the requisite abilities to work independently in a given healthcare context to achieve a desired outcome. In a training program, EPAs can be subdivided into entrustment milestones where trainees move from high levels of supervision to more autonomous levels as they are deemed to have gained the necessary competencies.
A curriculum that focusses on the final level of autonomy, independent practice, which is the level at which spine surgeons perform their clinical activities was developed for AOSpine, the Spine Division of the AO Foundation.
About Associate Professor Bryan Ashman:
Bryan is an orthopaedic surgeon working at Canberra Hospital since 1989. His main interest is spine surgery education and he is currently the chairperson of the AO Spine Education Commission, a division of the AO Foundation. He is a clinical associate professor in surgery at the Australian National University and a Fellow of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He has been an examiner in orthopaedics for the RACS.
- Speaker: Associate Professor Prem Rashid FRACS
- Topic: Surgical Education & Training: Journey to the future?
About Associate Professor Prem Rashid:
Prem Rashid started the Port Macquarie Urology Centre in 1997. It has rapidly grown to become a referral centre for urological care. He shares a broad interest in urological topics with rehabilitation following treatment as a focus. His main research area is education and training fostering the next generation. His role in surgical education started as the Supervisor of Urology Training in Port Macquarie Base Hospital (1998) which lead to his Chairing the NSW Urology Regional Training Committee (2009-2012) and then Chairing the Board of Urology between 2012-14. During that time, he led the re-design of the urology SET program. Following this he completed his 2nd doctorate, this time in Surgical Education at Sydney University. He has also authored several patient guide books with the 4th Edition of Your Guide to Prostate Cancer due for release in 2021.
- Vice-President, Urological Society of Australia & New Zealand
- Conjoint Associate Professor, University of New South Wales.
- Fellow, Faculty of Surgical Trainers, Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh
- Member, Section of Academic Surgery, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
- Team Lead for Operative Surgery and Anatomy, Court of Examiners (Urology),
- Member, Programs in Surgical Education Reference Group, The University of Melbourne
- Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors
- Member, Advisory Panel (NSW), Medical Insurance Group of Australia
- Member, Academy of Surgical Educators, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
- Paul Harris Fellow (Rotary).
- Speaker: Dr Hercules Kollias
- Topic: From Coping With COVID To Defining Your New Normal. The Surgeon As Champion
About the topic:
The human brain is designed to help us survive, or thrive. It is difficult to do both at the same time. Very often the impact of things that threaten us is ameliorated by the life experience and wisdom collected from dealing with similar things. A pandemic sits outside the usual range of experiences for most people. It is an extraordinary occurrence that requires an extraordinary response. New clusters. New outbreaks. New consequences to your work and livelihood. Constantly putting out fires you didn’t start can be exhausting and demoralising. In this presentation, we will explore how to cope with these kinds of situations and go from surviving to thriving, by becoming deliberate about defining our respective new normals. We can learn from the pressure-tested strategies of champion survivors. We can learn to be surgeons and champions.
About Dr Hercules Kollias:
Dr Hercules Kollias is someone who has created a unique path through two successful careers. One as a doctor, and one as an executive leadership expert, trainer, and coach. He has worked with high performing leaders and their teams in both the private sector and government, across a wide range of industries and settings, including clinical, corporate and business, sports, and the entertainment industry. He now brings the insight of a 20+ year career in leadership to doctors with coaching programs designed for all stages of their career, from coaching them on interview skills to enter Med School or specialty training programs, to helping established doctors build better teams and more functional practices. Hercules is passionate about helping leaders navigate through their challenges so that they can go from survival to success, and then from success to significance.
February - Melbourne
Speakers and topics:
- Dr Sean Stevens: Surgical education and training in Timor-Leste: What are the challenges and how they are interrelated?
Dr Stevens is a general surgeon from Austin Health with an interest in public health and education. This research project on surgical education and training in Timor-Leste represented a minor-thesis for completion of Master in Surgical Education. This research is being continued as part of a PhD
- Dr Ian Incoll: Evaluation of The Effect of a Smartphone-Based Feedback App on Trainees and Trainers in Orthopaedic Surgery
Dr Incoll is the Past President and the current Dean of Education for the Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA). AOA introduced a smartphone-based Training App at the beginning of 2017. One component is a Trainee Feedback App designed to facilitate in-the-moment feedback between trainers and trainees. We look at the feedback practices and perceptions before introduction of the Feedback App, and raise questions about its effects on the feedback conversation.
- Dr Rhiannon Bousonnis: Evaluation of SEAM in General Surgery: opinions on an e-learning curriculum
SEAM are a new e-learning initiative developed by GSA for general surgical trainees. The purpose of Dr Bousonnis's study was to evaluate current trainees' opinion of SEAM and e-learning in general surgery as well as the opinions of recent fellows on e-learning in surgery.
March - Canberra
Speaker and Topic: Professor Russell Gruen - Harnessing technology in surgical training and continuing education
Professor Russell Gruen is the newly appointed Dean of the College of Health and Medicine at The Australian National University (ANU), and is soon to join the Department of Surgery at The Canberra Hospital. Professor Gruen brings a wealth of experience in medical education, research and clinical practice.
Most recently he was Executive Director of the NTU Institute of Health Technologies and the founding Professor of Surgery at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He was previously Professor of Surgery and Public Health at Monash University, Director of the National Trauma Research Institute and a trauma surgeon at The Alfred Hospital.
The focus of his work has been on trauma systems, haemorrhage and brain injury management, and access to safe surgery globally. He has published over 200 peer reviewed publications and two books. Among his many awards are an NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship, the 2013 RACS John Mitchell Crouch Fellowship, the General Surgeons Australia Medal, and the Victorian RACS GJ Royal Medal, and he was twice PBL Tutor of the year at Monash University.
April - Sydney
Speaker and Topic: Dr Peter Harris - Portfolio assessment in medical education
Dr Peter Harris is a Senior Lecturer in Medical Education at the University of New South Wales. He co-ordinates the medical Faculty's Assessment Development and Evaluation Working Party and continues to work part time as a general practitioner. He was convener of the Masters Program in Clinical Education at UNSW and supervised Masters and PhD candidates.
His research interests include influencing professional behaviour, teaching and assessment in workplace settings and programmatic assessment. Peter has been engaged in medical and health professional education and development in the Asia Pacific region for 20 years and is currently working with a Medical University in Myanmar on curriculum re-development.
He has been heavily involved in rebuilding the UNSW undergraduate medical program to an outcomes based program driven by a portfolio based on linked assessments. He has advised a number of specialist Colleges on curriculum and assessment, was an International adviser for the 2015 re-writing of CanMEDS and is a member of the International Collaboration on Competence Based Medical Education.
He is Chair of the Population Heath and Ethics panel for the AMC Assessment Committee.
May - Adelaide
Speaker and Topic: Mr Guy Rees- Training surgeons from neophyte to expert - The impact of allostatic load
Mr Rees is a Consultant Otorhinolaryngologist in Adelaide, and has been a Senior Lecturer in Surgery, University of Adelaide since 1998. He holds specialist recognition in ENT in Australasia and in the UK, and is a Clinical Academic Specialist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital. He has fellowship experience in Head and Neck Surgery and has been Chairman of the RAH Multidisciplinary Clinic in Head and Neck Cancer since 1998. He has been Director of Training in ENT surgery for five years, and remains part of the state training executive. Currently, Guy is Vice Chairman of the RACS Clinical Examination Committee.
Guy is a Leading Cancer Specialist in Head and Neck Oncology in South Australia and practices through his rooms at the Memorial Hospital and at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. He has been an Executive Board member of the Australian and New Zealand Head and Neck Society for 7 years, and as Chairman of the RAH Multidisciplinary Clinic for Head and Neck Cancer since 1998. He is co-author of the South Australian Pathway for care of Patients with Head and Neck Cancer.
July - Brisbane
Speaker and Topic: Professor Deborah Bailey - Small fury animals - Work-based assessment in surgical training
Deborah Bailey is a graduate of the University of Queensland and entered practice in Brisbane before commencing the first resident paediatric surgery service on the Gold Coast.
The journey from medical student to surgeon, and the choices that create professionalism and balance in a surgeon’s career have driven Deborah’s interest in education and surgical competence. Taking the journey from instructor in ASSET and EMST/EMSB to NOTSS to now being a facilitator in OWR face to face, FSSE and TIPS; Deborah is also commencing her term as the Chair of the Queensland State Committee and is a Paediatric Fellowship Examiner. Previous college roles include inaugural executive member of the Surgical Directors Section of RACS, Chair of the Paediatric Surgery Education and Training Board, President of ANZ Association of Paediatric Surgeons, and member of the RACS Professional Standards and Development Board.
During Deborah’s time as a member and Chair of the Board of Paediatric Surgery, competency-based curriculum and assessments were introduced and developed. Feedback in training and the role of work-based assessments remains a focus of interest and will be the topic of the Surgical Educator Session.
August - Melbourne
Speakers and topics:
- Dr Annette Holian FRACS: Looking back to feed forward: Maintaining currency of short courses offered by professional bodies
- Mr Jeremy Simcock FRACS: How do the stressors of the operating theatre environment affect learning of surgical trainees?
About Dr Annette Holian:
Annette Holian is a consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma surgeon and was elected to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Council effective May 2016. She currently holds the RACS External Affairs portfolio covering Global Health and the RACS Annual Scientific Congress.
She has served on the RACS Trauma and EMST committees for many years and is the Chair of the Military Surgery section. As a reservist in the Royal Australian Air Force, she holds the rank of Group Captain and is the Clinical Director for Surgery and Perioperative Services for RAAF. Accepted into orthopaedic surgical training in 1986, her experiences both in training and beyond are a driving force behind her continued support for younger women in surgery.
Initially practising at Monash Medical Centre with specialization in Paediatric orthopaedics, she embraced the opportunity to visit PNG as a volunteer surgeon. It was there that she first provided medical care following a tsunami in July 1998. She joined the RAAF in 2000, and subsequently shifted towards trauma surgery with a seven-year period as a fulltime orthopaedic and trauma surgeon at The Alfred. Most of her career has been in public hospitals with a 12 month research and writing position in Geneva with the International Committee of the Red Cross in 2015-16. She is currently employed at Monash Children's Hospital and recently completed her Masters of Surgical Education through the University of Melbourne. Her career focus has shifted over time but has always been directed at improving access to surgery for those in need.
About Mr Jeremy Simcock:
Jeremy Simcock is a consultant plastic surgeon and senior lecturer with the University of Otago, Christchurch.
He teaches undergraduates and postgraduate plastic surgery and convenes a 4th year medical student module.
His research interests include skin cancer, hand surgery and surgical education.
September - Wellington
Speaker and topic: Mr Andy Malcolm FRACS, "Why I did not do a thesis. Can this be a Masters degree?"
About Mr Andy Malcolm
After completing his medical degree in Otago and Christchurch, Andy Malcolm worked in New Zealand for two years before finding time to travel through South America and Asia. After this he worked in Auckland Christchurch and Tauranga gaining experience in a variety of surgical specialties, before undertaking advanced surgical training in Urology. After working in London he returned to Nelson in 1999.
Andy’s areas of interest include covering all the major urological conditions. He is especially interested in urological cancers including the prostate, kidney, bladder and testicle. Also he has interests in other prostate problems such as difficulty passing urine, stone disease, scrotal problems, and fertility and continence issues. He has close links with other specialist urologists through out New Zealand, and is committed to offering modern, effective urological care.
About the topic
The presentation will discuss Andy's experience with doing the University of Melbourne's Master of Surgical Education course. This is a candid talk of how the course worked for him and his major learning from the course.
October - Darwin
Speaker and topic: Associate Professor Kelvin Kong FRACS, "Surgical Education, Getting the house in order"
About Associate Professor Kelvin Kong
Kelvin was awarded his fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2007. Once completed he pursued further training in Paediatric ENT surgery, being grateful and honoured by his fellowship at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne in 2007-2008.
He is now practising in Newcastle (Awabakal Country) as a board certified Surgeon specializing in Paediatric & Adult Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery (Ear, Nose & Throat Surgery). He is an active member of RACS and ASOHNS, serving on the Indigenous Health and Fellowship Services Committees. He is part of the Advisory Board for Cancer Australia and Chair for the National Indigenous Hearing Health Advisory Panel. He has published articles and presented on a variety of ear, nose and throat conditions as well as Indigenous health issues both nationally and internationally. He is active in reviewing articles for publication, lecturing and teaching allied health professional, medical students at several universities and both unaccredited and advanced medical and surgical trainees.
Kelvin hails from the Worimi people of Port Stephens, north of Newcastle, NSW, Australia. Being surrounded by health, he has always championed for the improvement of health and education. Complementing his practice as a surgeon, he is kept grounded by his family, who are the strength and inspiration to him, remaining involved in numerous projects and committees to help give back to the community.
About the topic
Kelvin will be addressing the challenges of adopting and implementing an introspective view of educating fellows and trainees across the College. He will discuss how to encourage and nurture education that focuses on a positive narrative and its influence in Indigenous Health and the broader First Nation’s role in society.
February - Melbourne
In collaboration with the University of Melbourne, this session featured graduates of the 2017 Masters of Surgical Education:
- Dr Raymond Yap: Colonoscopy Simulation: Criterion Validity using Direct Observation of Procedural Skills
- Dr Peter Subramaniam: The Influence of Trust on Learning by SET Trainees
- Dr Jade Acton: "In the Mind's Eye" How is Mental Practice Used and Taught by Expert Gynaecologic Surgeons?
March - Perth
Speaker and Topic: Dr Harsha Chandraratna - Surgical Training - Finding the missing link
Dr Chandraratna was born in Sri Lanka and moved to Tasmania (1974), and then to Perth (1980). He is a graduate of the University of Western Australia and after surgical training was made a RACS Fellow in 2001. He undertook post fellowship training in Perth and then in Leeds (UK). He specialises in Liver and Kidney Transplantation, as well as Bariatric Surgery. He is currently a supervisor and a trainer for RACS and a senior lecturer for University of Notre Dame. He understands that there is more to surgery than just technical skills and that becomes very apparent when you meet him.
April - Sydney
Speaker and Topic: Dr Peter Lim - A well-being program for Trainees
Dr Peter Lim is a Gastroenterology Staff Specialist and the Medical Director of Intestinal Failure at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. He is the current Network Director of Physician Training for the RPA Basic Physician Training Network and the Director of Medical Education for the hospital. He was previously the chair of the Doctors-in-Training Committee of the AMA (NSW) has a long-standing interest in junior doctor education and advocacy.
BPTOK is a pilot being trialled in the Royal Prince Alfred Basic Physician Training Network. It aims to provide Trainees with the skills needed to look after their physical and psychological health throughout their training as well as the rest of their careers.
May - Wellington
Speaker and Topic: Professor Spencer Beasley - How do perceptions around the attractiveness of specialties, and how might unconscious biases in selection for training, affect gender equity?
Professor Spencer Beasley is a member of the Male Champion of Change STEM group and has been actively involved in increasing diversity in surgery. He is a former Vice President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and former Chair of its Governance and Advocacy committee, during which time he worked towards the full implementation of the recommendations of the Expert Advisory Group on DBSH. He has a research interest in measuring and reducing unintentional bias in medicine. He is a Professor of Paediatric Surgery, Christchurch School of Medicine, University of Otago, and the Clinical Director of the Department of Paediatric Surgery, Christchurch Hospital, New Zealand.
July - Brisbane
Speaker and Topic: Professor Mark Smithers - Role Models and Surgical Education
Professor Smithers is a surgeon with an active clinical and academic practice who has been involved with registrar training and assessment in the clinic, as the chair of a regional training subcommittee and college examiner. He has been a member of the board and faculty of the EMST course and had been on the faculty of the TIPS course. He is the Mayne Professor of Surgery and head of the Discipline of Surgery at the University of Queensland. He has been closely associated with undergraduate teaching and assessment at the University of Queensland and has been an external examiner for the final year undergraduate examinations at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of the United Arab Emirates.
Professor Smithers talks us through the surgical training system and the importance of role models in the observational process of learning.
August - Melbourne
Speaker and Topic: Dr Gabriel Reedy -Dismantling Teamwork to Build Better Teams: Analysing Team Behaviour in Healthcare
Dr Gabriel Reedy is a learning scientist and clinical educator at King's College London, where he is programme director for the Masters in Clinical Education. He is a Chartered Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, as well as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators, where he sits on the governing Council and is Chair of the Education Committee. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and sits on the Research Committee of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. His research focuses on how inter-professional clinical teams work-and learn-to care for patients, often in simulated environments.
September - Canberra
Speaker and Topic: Dr Sindy Vrancic - AOA21 - A shift from time-based to competency-based surgical training program
Dr Vrancic is a fully qualified orthopaedic surgeon and upper limb specialist. She studied at Flinders University in South Australia and gained her undergraduate degree in Medicine and Surgery in 1995. Since then she has completed a Master's Degree in Sports Medicine and in January 2008 has gained admission into RACS. Dr Vrancic has also completed a Fellowship in the field of Upper Limb Surgery and has worked as a Upper Limb Surgeon in Canberra since 2009. She delivers specialist orthopaedic trauma services to The Canberra Hospital.