We have a medical education team dedicated to the education and training of medical staff.
Our Medical Education team are an approachable and supportive group who facilitate professional development and clinical excellence for our doctors.
We actively promote continuous education within the hospital’s rich learning environment using innovative and effective educational techniques. As a result our doctors provide expert and ethical health care to the community.
Medical Education delivers a range of outcomes for doctors.
"I found RMH's approach to assessment as a pleasant and effective way of receiving feedback on my performance." - Dr Peters
Feedback and Assessment processes are in place for each rotation (forms available on the hopsital intranet). These will be emailed to you and sent to your supervisor twice throughout your rotation. Feedback and assessment occurs twice per rotation, half way through the rotation as mid term feedback, (an opportunity to self assess and to find out how you’re going) and then at the end as your final assessment for the rotation.
The forms are based on the Australian Curriculum Framework for Junior Doctors (developed by the Confederation of Postgraduate Medical Education Councils). The forms outline the learning outcomes required by junior doctors to be achieved during their clinical rotation. Junior Medical staff have the opportunity to self assess against the 11 targeted outcomes along with 3 personal goals to be decided upon independently.
The hospital has a strong ethos of support and mentoring and as such, incorporates this into your rotations with assessment forms completed in conference with your supervisor. This provides each intern the opportunity to discuss issues, ask questions, look at career options as well as develop professional links and relationships with senior staff.
Accompanying this is a large and supportive medical education team who have an open door policy and encourage all junior medical staff to contact them with any concerns, suggestions or even just for a chat.
"Whilst there are a lot of evaluations to complete, the medical education unit visably take our feedback on board with education sessions organised mid-year based on our suggestions." - Dr Yao, HMO
Online rotation feedback
Evaluation processes are in place for each educational intervention and also for each rotation. Evaluation is an integral part in how the medical education shapes it's rotations, programs and other initiatives. These provide you with an outlet to anonymously raise issues that may be of concern to you as well as providing an opportunity to suggest new and innovative educational ideas that can be incorporated in the future. Currently the hospital is also involved with the Postgraduate Hospital Educational Environment Measure (PHEEM) which was developed after trials in the United Kingdom and provides a detailed and comparative assessment of intern hospital experiences.
Evaluation comes in the form of written, online and audience response systems. You will be asked to complete a number of surveys throughout the year to assist us to find out how you’re going. Help us help you, by completing these when requested.
The orientation at RMH is very thorough and prepared me well in my transition from medical student to intern." - Dr Mifsud
The Royal Melbourne Hospital realises the anxiety faced when entering a new hospital and unit. This is why we endevour to provide interns with the best possible orientation. The initial hospital orientation encompasses 3 and half days with lecture, practical skills sessions including intermediate life support training, shadowing and many opportunities for questions.
Each unit conducts their own specific orientation. At these orientation sessions you will receive a Unit Handbook or Guide from the Department and a Rolling Handover Document (ROVER) which has been created by interns for interns. You will be encouraged to amend the ROVER as required to ensure a smooth transition for the following interns.
Medical Education eLearning (MEL) contains orientation material which can be accessed at your own leisure. As each day passes more and more content is being added to the eLearning platform, providing you with all the material you need in one location.
I am there for interns around the clock. They are the only staff I provide my mobile phone number to." - Louisa Ng, Supervisor of Intern Training
A dedicated Supervisor of Intern Training and Director Clinical Training are appointed for mentoring, career guidance and general support for our junior medical staff. Their roles include: supporting professional development programs, providing counselling and information on career options, faciliating feedback about performance, liaising with supervisors of training at rural locations, advocacy for junior doctors and ensuring all relevant staff work according to the values and behaviours of Melbourne Health.
Mentoring, career guidance and general support
All members of the Medical Education Unit are available to assist you throughout the year on career planning, feedback and work/life issues.
In addition, for those with an interest in pursuing a career in medicine, Dr. David Smallwood and Dr. Peter Hand are available and for those with an interest in surgery, A/Prof Russell Gruen and Mr. Ben Thomson are available.
"The one thing that sets RMH apart from other hospitals is the comradery and friendships that you do make. Coming from Brisbane and having no family here was daunting but everyone here is so welcoming, making the transition quite easy." - Dr Kwan
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