Teaching, training and employment

  • Teaching, training, employment and international involvement

    The department is actively involved in teaching at both postgraduate and undergraduate levels, and also for other specialist personnel.

    Postgraduate training

    • The Department of Anaesthesia & Pain Management has nine registrar positions and eleven senior registrar/fellow positions.
    • There is an education program for registrars which is held every Friday morning. This weekly half day program covers all aspects of paediatric anaesthesia 
    • Senior registrars/fellows have a separate program aimed at preparing them for life as a specialist anaesthetist.
    • Candidates preparing for exams are helped informally by several members of staff with questions, trial oral examinations, etc.
    • The registrar positions are filled by registrars from the North-Western and Eastern rotational programs in Victoria. RCH has no role in selection of rotating registrars.

    • Overseas fellows who have funding from their hospital, university or government come for varying periods from 3-12 months. We can accommodate a maximum of two honorary fellows at the same time.

    Senior registrar/fellow positions

    Each year the Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Management offers up to eleven senior registrar/fellow positions in paediatric anaesthesia. These positions are either 6 or 12 month duration and commence in February or August. They are suitable for anaesthetists with previous paediatric anaesthesia training with a view to a career as a specialist paediatric anaesthetist or for a career in mixed adult/paediatric practice.

    The fellowship program includes:

    • General paediatric anaesthesia
    • Paediatric anaesthesia specialties:
      eg Craniofacial surgery, neurosurgery, urological surgery, major orthopaedic surgery, cardiac surgery, and cardiac, liver and renal transplantation
    • Acute pain management

    As part of the clinical program, Fellows are expected to participate in the out of hours roster. On average this involves approximately 1 night in 8, and 1 weekend in 5.

    A formal anaesthesia teaching program is provided for all Fellows which includes:

    • 4-hour tutorial every second week  
    • a general departmental education meeting for ½ hour per week
    • a monthly evening 1 hour seminar on selected topics

    In addition, Fellows are rostered for 5 hours of non clinical time, every second week. Fellows are encouraged to use this time to engage in research and/or educational activities.

    To be eligible for consideration for a Fellowship it is expected that applicants have:

    • Significant previous experience in paediatric anaesthesia
    • Plans for a future career in paediatric anaesthesia
    • Strong references from paediatric anaesthetists

    International applicants are only considered if there are no suitably qualified Australian applicants

    In addition, prospective Fellows must be able to satisfy the registration requirements of the Medical Board of Australia (for prospective Fellows who have not completed secondary schooling with English as the primary language the Medical Board usually requires evidence of an academic IELTS score of at least 7.0 across all categories. Such applicants for RCH positions will not be considered without a current IELTS certificate). More detailed information about medical registration requirements can be found at http://www.ahpra.gov.au/Registration-Process/Overseas-Practitioners.aspx

    Positions are generally advertised in March/April for commencement in February or August of the following year. Positions for 2018 have been filled, and due to local demand, no internationals were appointed.

    More information can be obtained about these positions from Ms Cathi Taylor by email on cathi.taylor@rch.org.au

    Medical student electives in the department of Anaesthesia and Pain Management

    The Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Management accepts medical students for elective placements via the Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne.

    Elective terms are for a maximum of four weeks and involve a clinical placement in the operating theatres at RCH. Objectives for the term are set by the student and their supervisor at the start of the term and each student is expected to complete a small project during their term.

    Possible objectives include, but are not limited to:

    1. Gain an understanding of the management of the child in hospital
    2. Develop paediatric airway skills
    3. Develop paediatric intravenous cannulation skills
    4. Further understand paediatric pharmacology
    5. Develop an approach to managing procedural distress in children

    Information about the application for elective terms can be found at http://www.paediatrics.unimelb.edu.au/visit/electiveplacements.html

    International involvement

    The department has for many years had an involvement with countries all round the world. Anaesthetists from over 30 countries have worked in the department while members of the staff have taught and lectured in over 60 countries.