Monday, 18 — Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Clinical Educator of the Year Award Nominations

We are proud to introduce the following nominees

Dr Zarrin Allam

Western Australia

In 2021 Dr Allam became Director of Clinical Teaching (DCT) at Royal Perth Hospital (RPH), alongside her clinical role. She is a DCT representative on the PMCWA Accreditation and Standards Committee and involved in accrediting additional intern places for the first graduating cohort of Curtin Medical School.

Zarrin takes every opportunity to teach on the run and in her morning rounds, her teaching is relevant to the presentation of the patients and bedside examination thus creating engaging ward rounds.

Recently Zarrin engaged with external doctors to offer more sub-specialty teaching – a new and exciting addition for the JMOs. She conducts teaching sessions during intern and Resident Medical Officer (RMO) orientation and coordinates the RMO Step Up Leadership program – a three month state-wide program designed to meet the complex leadership needs of clinicians.

She has planned the first General Practice based education workshops at RPH which are aimed at PGY2s interested in General Practice training.

In 2021 Zarrin has established SPHERE (Supporting Parenthood in Healthcare-Entitlements, Resources and Education) and has actively advocated for upgrades to accessing the mothers’ room at RPH. She has also written a new parental leave pack which is awaiting endorsement as the RPH parental leave resource.

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Dr Nikolaos Angelopoulos

Victoria

Dr Angelopoulos is currently a Resident at Western Health and began teaching in 2020 at Shepparton Base Hospital. During an extensive lockdown he was able to keep the Melbourne Medical School Rural teaching program running via Zoom sessions and help medical students prepare for their exams.

Through his teaching program, Nik has made a significant contribution to the knowledge and education of many JMOs throughout Victoria, particularly in regional areas. He always makes a point in his teaching videos that JMOs should look after themselves and ensure they take advantage of opportunities to learn within the hospital.

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Dr Nathalie de Vries

New Zealand

Dr de Vries is a consultant paediatrician at Palmerston North Hospital and in addition to her regular medical work, she coordinates the prevocational teaching committee and oversees the financial trust for prevocational staff. She is also the associate dean representative of the Otago Medical School and coordinates and supports trainee interns in their teaching at the Hospital.

This year she has helped redevelop the entire PGY1 and PGY2 teaching course, and helped facilitate weekly trainee intern teaching scenarios.

Nathalie has renewed the teaching program from predominantly didactic teaching to include skills sessions, registrar short answer sessions and quizzes. She is sourcing funding for MedMastery online tutorial lessons to further improve the prevocational staff knowledge base.

Nathalie has broadened the teaching opportunities available and helped facilitate legitimate protected teaching time for the first time at the Hospital.

Nathalie is a leader of cultural and spiritual teaching and is actively improving the provision of these aspects into prevocational teaching courses.

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Dr Mark Fenton

New South Wales

Dr Fenton is a Surgical Registrar in the Hunter New England Local Health District and is passionate about surgical education as is evidenced by his volunteering to present weekly, evening clinical surgical education session for JMOs, including those at rural hospitals such as Armidale, Tamworth and Taree. Mark prepares for these sessions out of hours and presents on non-rostered days, weekends and during annual leave.

Mark has developed weekly zoom general surgical teaching sessions for JMOs which provide a good baseline level of knowledge to make surgical terms easier to manage and to enhance the knowledge and comfort when a JMO is dealing with General Surgical patients. He presented 20 topics over a 10 week period.

Mark is readily available to any JMOs seeking assistance on undertaking their surgical terms or career advice for pursuing a surgical career. He teaches JMOs how to look after themselves and their colleagues, including advice on working night shifts which is helpful to JMOs considering surgical training.

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Dr Samuel Gluck

South Australia

Dr Gluck is the Medical Education Registrar at the Lyell McEwin Hospital. He has been present and encouraged attendance at intern teaching sessions, conducted regular informal ward round check-ups with interns to ensure their well-being and instigated the development of educational videos for the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN) for on-line teaching.

He contributes significantly to improving the quality of care by actively seeking feedback from Trainee Medical Officers in each ward, and ensuring plans are followed up. JMOs comment that Dr Gluck is very approachable, adopts a kind, non-judgemental and supportive approach in counselling, and provides valuable feedback and resources to improve learning.

Samuel established the SAFE (Structured Assessment, Feedback and Evaluation) Program to allow JMOs the ability to complete online workplace-based assessments which allows reporting of or performance on a regular basis which generates feedback, or a debrief discussion, with a senior doctor. JMOs report their appreciation to have an opportunity to receive regular constructive feedback.

Samuel assisted NALHN to establish the Trainee Medical Officer Community of Practice which actively works to identify systems issues affecting the working lives of JMOs across the LHN.

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Ms Georgia Powell

Queensland

Ms Powell is nominated by the Mater Hospital Brisbane Junior Doctors Society as an exceptional clinical educator and advocate for the JMOs. Georgia is a medical educational officer at the Mater.

Georgia has developed innovative programs such as the development and delivery of medical careers expos, curriculum vitae and interview skills workshops and supervisor training seminars. She has instigated measures within the Medical Education Unit (MEU) to become digitally based, which enables better quality assurance processes and monitoring.

Georgia has mentored and provided career advice through developing connections between resident medical officers and their supervisors to enable mentorships with consultants in future speciality fields. In response to an identified public health need, Georgia organised an orthopaedic interview preparation workshop which was highly regarded by those attending.

In response to the COVID pandemic in 2020, Georgia implemented facilities to allow recording and streaming of educational sessions. With the recent amalgamation of all Mater sites across Queensland, the MEU in Brisbane will share these sessions with rural colleges in Bundaberg, Mackay and Townsville to offer a more versatile educational experience.

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Dr Kirsty Rady

Australian Capital Territory

Dr Rady is a Haematologist at The Canberra Hospital who provides a supportive environment for interns in their surgical terms.

Kirsty is an approachable supervisor to interns in their first few rotations and during COVID-19 restrictions, she regularly checked in with them through phone calls, texts and emails.

She encourages interns to approach team members and get involved in research projects. This motivation enhances their learning experiences and career aspirations clarifying the streams to choose in PGY2.

Kirsty is consistent in checking that interns are coping with the highly demanding scope of their year and have resources available if needed.

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Dr Madhivanan Sundaram

Northern Territory

Dr Sundaram commenced at the Royal Darwin Palmerston Hospital (RDPH) early in 2021 and has worked tirelessly to reform and improve the teaching and learning of PGY1 and PGY2 doctors. He has been fundamental in revitalising teaching and learning opportunities at RDPH and ensured that term appraisals from JMOs are incorporated into a cycle of continuous quality improvement.

Madhi has ensured that the teaching of PGY1 doctors is of a consistently high quality and the content is relevant to their interests. He has engaged colleagues to develop and revitalise a teaching program that delivers material of a high standard.

He has nurtured the development of a ‘Perioperative medicine program’ for orthopaedic PGY2 residents, delivered by anaesthetic trainees and consultants.

Madhi personally oversees the term evaluations of PGY1 doctors at RDPH and engages with trainees on their desired career paths to ensure alignment with training opportunities. He is key in retaining promising trainees at RDPH and building a rural and remote workforce through education and training opportunities.

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Dr Kirsty Rady

Australian Capital Territory

Dr Rady is a Haematologist at The Canberra Hospital who provides a supportive environment for interns in their surgical terms.

Kirsty is an approachable supervisor to interns in their first few rotations and during COVID-19 restrictions, she regularly checked in with them through phone calls, texts and emails.

She encourages interns to approach team members and get involved in research projects. This motivation enhances their learning experiences and career aspirations clarifying the streams to choose in PGY2.

Kirsty is consistent in checking that interns are coping with the highly demanding scope of their year and have resources available if needed.

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Dr Bernard Talao

Tasmania

Dr Talao is both a Medical Education Advisor and a Prevocational Clinical Skills Educator, and his nomination is specifically for his later role in training doctors in PGY1 and PGY2 at the North West Regional Hospital.

Bernard’s teaching extends well beyond the classroom approach of clinical skills teaching. He invests a large amount of time with all those he trains thus providing a superior and ongoing learning opportunity. He has extremely high standards which JMOs need to achieve to pass the requirements for clinical skills.

Bernard helped to develop and implement a remote learning program during the COVID pandemic in 2020 which greatly affected the North West Tasmania hospitals resulting in closure. JMOs were in isolation or in quarantine however Bernard provided a weekly resources guide to them, including links to online learning tutorials and relevant videos, which replaced the regular weekly JMO tutorials. All of this was extremely well received by JMOs, and highly regarded as an invaluable learning tool throughout COVID

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