Expressions of interest for junior & senior doctors: Join the PRINT Education team!
It’s your first day as an intern on nights and a nurse pages you to review an 82-year-old woman who is saturating at 94%. You implore the repository that is your sleep-deprived brain for what to do when you arrive at the patient’s bedside. You manage to scramble a few must-not-miss differentials and remind yourself of the different oxygen-delivery devices you learnt in medical school as you make your way over. There’s something inside you that feels like you’ve missed something, but your stream of consciousness is interrupted by another page requesting you review an agitated patient on the floor above. Your blood pressure rises.
A survey of over 600 graduating medical students in 2016 found that 80% felt they were not confident starting work and would strongly benefit or benefit from additional teaching in practical aspects of working as a junior medical officer.**
A glance at the resources available reveals a lack of quickly accessible, Australian-based content on dealing with common scenarios faced by junior medical officers.
In response to this, we have found a need to create a resource targeted at senior medical students and interns to help improve work-readiness. The aim would be not to replace existing guidelines or classroom learning, but rather to guide and facilitate a safe and efficient approach to common clinical scenarios and skills required in everyday practice as a junior doctor.
We envisage the creation of a peer-to-peer resource powered by teaching from enthusiastic and more experienced doctors/educators in the form of short videos outlining a tested approach to select scenarios. By drawing on a community of writers who have insight into the expectations and requirements of these junior doctors, it is hoped this resource will stand out as a concise and relevant compendium for its users.
If you would like to assist us in our endeavours, we are seeking script writers to cover a diverse range of topics (see below). All contributors will be acknowledged accordingly.
- Content reviewing prior to publication
- Featuring in these videos as a demonstrator
- Social media and online promotion
Please indicate your preference for topics via the sign-up form. Further topics will be added as the resource develops, but your suggestions or comments are most welcome. Your time investment into the education of junior doctors will no doubt be appreciated. We look forward to collaborating with you!
– On behalf of the PRINT Education Team
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** A yearly survey is organised by organisers of the Pre-Internship Conference, to better understand how “work-ready” graduating medical students feel prior to starting their internship, and identify areas of improvement in medical education. From it’s first version in 2014, the survey has collected over 1,200 responses to date and data has been presented at a number of local/national meetings including the COAG Health Council’s National Intern Work Readiness Forum and the 21st Australian & New Zealand Prevocational Medical Education Forum 2016.