SA MET Newsletter
Issue 20 | December 2013
Reflections on 2013 from Chair of the Advisory Council, Kevin Forsyth
Establishment of the Medical Education and Training Health Advisory Council with its new membership and regulations happened earlier this year. The Advisory Council is smaller than in previous years, facilitating a more streamlined approach. A range of new committees have been established, with the Chair of each committee on the Advisory Council. This new committee structure enables a greater body of work and a broader spread of opinions and perspectives to be presented to the work of the Advisory Council. Each committee has a range of operational and strategic matters that are presented to the Advisory Council, so enabling a greater diversity of strategic matters to be considered at the level of the Advisory Council. The expertise on the Advisory Council continues to delight me as Chair, knowing that we are able to support SA Health in its critical roles of supporting education and training of its medical workforce to the highest possible level. I am most grateful to the Advisory Council members, who work with such vigour and commitment to these tasks.
2013 saw the Australian Medical Council undertake its first accreditation of a Postgraduate Medical Council. We volunteered to be the first pilot for the AMC, and were delighted with the report that shows we meet all the standards of the AMC. This is an excellent outcome, and shows the depth of infrastructure contained with SA MET and the Advisory Council.
2013 was also the year that SA hosted the bi-national pre-vocational forum, under the capable leadership of Dr Adrian Anthony. This forum had a particular emphasis on the welfare of our junior doctors—this theme was extremely well received, with follow-up initiatives being planned. My thanks to the organising committee and Adrian for an exceptional program and conference.
Post-medical school medical training is changing rapidly. Specialist medical college training is now much more regulated than in past years. It is clear that internship is changing. From being an ‘apprenticeship’ experiential year after medical school, there are now ‘graduate outcome’ statements, standardised forms for certification of completion to a satisfactory standard the required elements of internship, with much greater rigour of an interns’ performance and competence. Although some might consider these changes bureaucratic and unnecessary, in my view bringing national standards to internship strengthens the value of this important year, providing to the postgraduate specialist training programs greater transparency of the competence of those entering these training programs, and providing to the intern clarity on their performance.
I would like to express particular thanks to A/Prof Alison Jones and her team at SA MET. The staff of SA MET, undertaking so much of the ‘heavy lifting’ required, do so with much competence and expertise. They support the work of the Advisory Council and its Committees so well and so thoroughly, are so highly competent in all they do, and work with such commitment to support medical education and training within SA Health.
Kevin Forsyth, December 2013
The 18th National Prevocational Medical Education Forum was held from 3-6 November 2013 at the Adelaide Convention Centre and the success of the forum was highlighted in the feedback received from delegates and speakers.
The Prevocational Forum theme was Building the Future; Quality, Capacity and Creativity which were all interwoven throughout the keynote presentations, workshops and concurrent sessions. Delegates expressed their delight at forum moments such as: Dr Ian Curran’s thought provoking presentation enlisting us to think about what excellence in medical education means and how this can be achieved; Dr Robin Youngson had delegates rushing to the stage post-presentation, when he questioned how to make compassion-centred care an explicit part of the medical education experience; Dame Lesley Southgate was truly inspirational as she asked us the tough questions and queried the gaps in our prevocational medical education and training.
All of our invited speakers provided enlightening and challenging contributions, we have been congratulated on selecting speakers who were engaging, wise and generous.
This Prevocational Forum saw the introduction of innovative technology with a program mobile App, electronic posters and the Live Wall session in which delegates interacted and contributed to the ‘Your Career, Your Choice?’ panel discussions through Twitter. These additional interactive tools provided another aspect for delegates and enabled further interaction and learning.
SA MET would like to express our sincerest gratitude to our colleagues who contributed to the forum truly making the 18th National Prevocational Medical Education Forum a success!
We look forward to seeing you all again next year for the 2014 Australian and New Zealand Medical Education & Training Forum (ANZMET2014), being held from 9-12 November at the Cypress Lakes Resort in the Hunter Valley. For further information on ANZMET 2014 and you can contribute and make a pledge to medical education, visit the ANZMET 2014 website.
Over the past year SA MET has been working with various stakeholders to develop an online assessment system called OTIS. OTIS allows for the completion of intern, mid and end of term, assessments online. A pilot study was undertaken with the Women’s and Children’s hospital with positive outcomes and some direction for future improvements. SA MET is very pleased with the outcome of this pilot study and will be implementing some improvements over the coming months.
OTIS is not just an assessment tool but is also designed to link with medical education and training programs. It offers a platform for different forms of information to be delivered to junior doctors. We are very pleased to be expanding the implementation of OTIS in 2014 with a number of sites expressing interest.
If you are interested in delivering e-learning or information to junior doctors, contact your local Medical Education Officer or Carmen Crawford from SA MET on 8226 7391 to discuss your options.
2014 Allocation update
SA MET manages the allocation of internship and some trainee medical officer positions in South Australia. Both the application and allocation process have run very smoothly this year and positive feedback has been received from all stakeholders. A full report will be available early in 2014.
SA MET can confirm that South Australia has a total of 277 internship positions in 2014, a breakdown of those positions across the Local Health Networks can be found below. 229 South Australian graduates have taken up positions in South Australia, plus 48 graduates from interstate universities have chosen to relocate or return to SA. Welcome!
2014 internship positions:
Central Adelaide LHN: 147 positions
Country Health South Australia LHN: 6 positions
Northern Adelaide LHN: 50 positions
Southern Adelaide LHN: 74 positions
Trainee Medical Officers
SA MET had a total of 395 positions available through the online application and allocation system for 2014, and was able to fill 374 of these positions. Additional positions were available outside of the SA MET process.
SA MET has had a very busy year and we’d like to thank our stakeholders for their partnership, collegiality and support during 2013. We were very pleased to have the new Advisory Council in place this year and they have got through a large amount of business already. Accreditation by the Australian Medical Council was a major achievement this year and it is testament to the work of the Advisory Council, the Accreditation Committee and the Unit staff that full accreditation was granted to us, with many commendations. The Unit staff will work on some of the quality assurance recommendations during the coming months to ensure we have the best systems in place. The role of Accreditation team members on visits to units and facilities is invaluable and we thank those who have taken part in visits for their professionalism and commitment to quality education and training.
We were very pleased with the positive feedback on the 2013 Prevocational Forum and the staff will consider some of the topics and issues that arose and how they link to the workplans for 2014.
We would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas break and a prosperous New Year and thank you again for your continued support.