This letter outlines the Medical Board of Australia's recent correspondence regarding 2021 intern requirements.
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The purpose of Australian Medical Council (AMC) accreditation is to recognise intern training programs that promote and protect the quality and safety of patient care, and meet the needs of the interns and the health service as a whole. This is achieved through setting standards for intern training programs and recognising intern training accreditation authorities that assess programs against these standards.
Each intern training accreditation authority undergoes a reaccreditation assessment by an AMC team at least every eight years and the Postgraduate Medical Education Council of Tasmania (PMCT) is being reviewed in July 2021.
The 2021 Australia & New Zealand Prevocational Medical Education Forum (ANZPMEF) hosted by NZ will be held virtually over two days:
* Day One. Monday 18 October 2021, 10:30am - 3:00pm AEDT
* Day Two. Tuesday 19 October 2021, 11:00am - 3:00pm AEDT
The main theme of the Forum is: ‘Travelling forward together – He waka eke noa’ with three complimentary themes of: Transitions and innovations, Health equity and cultural safety, Professionalism and intern wellbeing.
Please go to the Forum website to learn about the program and to join the mailing list to receive updates.
PMCT congratulates Dr Laura Turner (RHH) who is the Tasmanian winner of the CPMEC 2018 Junior Doctor of the Year Award. Each year the Confederation of Postgraduate Medical Education Councils (CPMEC) asks states and territories to nominate a PGY1 or PGY2 junior doctor for this national annual award and Laura won this category for Tasmania.
Pictured here, Sona Lewincamp (RHH MEA) and A/Prof Terry Brown (Chair PMCT Management Committee) presenting the award to Dr Laura Turner.
Please read the latest edition of the PMCT newsletter.
This edition highlights some of the work done over the past 12 months with an emphasis on several exciting developments in educational and accreditation activities. We also welcome several new staff to PMCT.
Finally, we discuss several national issues of importance to prevocational medical education.
PMCT is convening a one day Accreditaion Forum in Hobart on Friday 10th August to provide key stakeholders within Tasmania the opportunity to explore issues with respect to prevocational accreditation.
The forum will be facilitated by Dr Jo Bernand, a medical consultant with extensive medical management experience. Jo has been involved in accreditation since 2000 and during 2014 participated on the Accreditation and Standards Review Committee. Her involvement with prevocational and college accreditation systems has led to a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of accreditation principles and practices. Ms Debbie Paltridge, a medical education consultant who was involved in the development of the new National Intern Training Standards will co-facilitate the forum.
The forum will be of particular interest and relevance to medical administrators, medical workforce, clinicians and members of PMCT Committees. Please contact Lynn Hemmings for further information and to register your interest.
The transition to the role of registrar can be challenging, with a whole series of non-technical skills which have to be acquired, such as Supervision and Delegation, Conflict Resolution etc, yet often no formal training in these skills. The Confederation of Postgraduate Medical Education Councils (CPMEC) have developed a high-quality Professional Development for Registrars course, which has now been delivered in most states and territories and is endorsed by several colleges.
Over the past several years, PMCT has run the course in Hobart on a number of occasions, but this year we were very pleased to be able to deliver the course in Launceston and Burnie for the first time. The response was very favourable, with 12 registrars attending at each site, and overwhelmingly positive feedback. We look forward to offering the course in Hobart later this year.
Recipients of the 2017 NWRH JMO of the Year Awards are:
- Intern of the Year Award = Dr Arthur Lee
- RMO of the Year Award = Dr Bradley Williams, pictured here with Dr Deb Wilson
Both of these award winners were UTAS RCS graduates from the North West, and Dr Bradley Williams also completed his internship year at NWRH. He has now working in a NW GP clinic, so very much is the “epitome” of the rural focus/rural GPs.
In 2017 Ochre Health was successful in their application for five additional intern positions in the Tasmanian Health Service (THS) to be funded by the Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund. The funding provides an opportunity for interns in Tasmania to undertake a term in General Practice during their intern year in addition to hospital terms. The GP terms were accredited by PMCT as being suitable for interns and during 2018 twenty interns will rotate to practices in King Island, Queenstown, Huonville, St Helens and Flinders Island. The program aims to provide interns with training and experience in a rural primary care setting which may influence future career decisions and enhance recruitment in rural areas.
Click on each link below to read the articles from The Advocate and The Mercury
At the 2014 National Forum in New South Wales for Prevocational Medical Education, Dr Lynn Hemmings was awarded the 2014 Clinical Educator of the Year. This is the first time that the award has been granted to a recipient from Tasmania and is a great honour for Dr Lynn Hemmings and for PMCT as a whole.