About

About

WHAT IS ONTHEWARDS

onthewards is a free open access medical education website dedicated to creating resources for the doctors of today and tomorrow. Our educational topics are selected by junior doctors for junior doctors.

We release a podcast (onthepods) each week that can be listened to directly from the website, downloaded through our app or streamed via iTunes or your favourite podcast service. Each podcast also includes a summary of the content, written by a junior doctor.

We also blog (ontheblogs) on a variety of topics of interest to junior doctors and senior medical students. Career development (onthejobs) was identified as especially important covering topics for junior doctors with the increasing competition for vocational jobs and we provide expert tips on how to give you the best chance of securing your desired job.


WHY WE EXIST

Many junior doctors feel unprepared when they start their internship work despite long years of study and appropriate knowledge. In our experience it is the application of this knowledge and the ability to prioritise multiple competing demands that can be challenging.

Development of these skills occurs predominantly through experience and learning from senior colleagues. A formal education program can help embed knowledge and safe practice but many junior doctors struggle to regularly attend hospital-based lectures. This led to medical educators moving away from traditional lectures and using alternative methods of delivering educational content such as podcasts. This was associated with an explosion in free open access medical (FOAM) education resources.

However, few of these online resources were aimed at generalist junior doctors so onthewards was developed to address this gap and improve the availability of resources aimed at early career doctors.


BEGINNINGS

We started with a team of four, originating at Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) Hospital, Sydney, Australia, developing locally produced podcasts. After increasing interest from doctors across different hospitals we removed passwords and made our resources available to everyone. We are now a team of over 25 that includes medical students, junior and senior doctors.


JOIN OUR COMMUNITY

We are always looking for medical students, junior and senior doctors that are interested in joining our team.

To find out about getting involved see our Expression of Interest page or contact us

 

Core Team

James Edwards

James Edwards

Founder and CEO

MBBS, FACEM, MMedEd

James’ interest in medical education, especially that of early career doctors, grew during his role as the Director of Prevocational Education and Training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, from 2008 to 2014. This led to his current role as the NSW Prevocational Training Council Chair at the Health and Education and Training Institute (HETI).James works clinically as an Emergency Physician at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and took on the role of Co-Director of the department in 2016. The need to better prepare students for their first years of practice led James to take on the role of the Chair of the Sydney University Pre-internship (PRINT) block in 2012. James has a Masters in Medical Education from the University of Sydney. When not being a husband, father to two beautiful girls, juggling his multiple roles he loves to watch the Adelaide Crows (AFL) win and play tennis.
Evangelie Polyzos

Evangelie Polyzos

Co-Founder and COO

BVA, GradDipModLang (German), GradDipBus (EventMgt)

Chief Operating Officer, co-founder and driving force behind onthewards. Evangelie has a background in internal communications, change, project and event management within both the corporate and not for profit health sector. She has also worked in numerous medical education support officer roles and on the days when she’s not managing the onthewards team is the current AMA NSW Doctors in Training Liaison Officer. Evangelie holds a BA in Visual Arts and Graduate Diplomas in German and Event Management. She is passionate about education and empowering individuals and teams to learn through collaboration, challenge and dissent. Evangelie has a penchant for the creative including painting and web design. Currently she is completing a Masters in Learning Sciences and Technology. She has found navigating the role of parent to twin daughters the most challenging and rewarding of all.
Anthony Llewellyn

Anthony Llewellyn

CTO

B Med Sci, MBBS, FRANZCP, MHA, GAICD

Anthony was born on Mouheneenner land in Hobart, Tasmania and pays his respect to the traditional owners of the lands he lives and works on and elders past and present. Anthony’s two most important roles in life are proud husband and father of two boys. Anthony is a Psychiatrist and Medical Educationalist from Newcastle, New South Wales.From 2012 to 2016 Anthony was the (Executive) Medical Director of HETI. Anthony is now back in Newcastle teaching and training medical students, junior doctors and psychiatry trainees and enrolled in a PhD in medical education.
Anthony has a penchant for all things techie and continues to play a role in a range #FOAMed websites , in particular onthewards, meded.help and the #ICEBlog.
James Edwards

Founder and CEO

James Edwards

MBBS, FACEM, MMedEd

James’ interest in medical education, especially that of early career doctors, grew during his role as the Director of Prevocational Education and Training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, from 2008 to 2014. This led to his current role as the NSW Prevocational Training Council Chair at the Health and Education and Training Institute (HETI).James works clinically as an Emergency Physician at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and took on the role of Co-Director of the department in 2016. The need to better prepare students for their first years of practice led James to take on the role of the Chair of the Sydney University Pre-internship (PRINT) block in 2012. James has a Masters in Medical Education from the University of Sydney. When not being a husband, father to two beautiful girls, juggling his multiple roles he loves to watch the Adelaide Crows (AFL) win and play tennis.
Evangelie Polyzos

Co-Founder and COO

Evangelie Polyzos

BVA, GradDipModLang (German), GradDipBus (EventMgt)

Chief Operating Officer, co-founder and driving force behind onthewards. Evangelie has a background in internal communications, change, project and event management within both the corporate and not for profit health sector. She has also worked in numerous medical education support officer roles and on the days when she’s not managing the onthewards team is the current AMA NSW Doctors in Training Liaison Officer. Evangelie holds a BA in Visual Arts and Graduate Diplomas in German and Event Management. She is passionate about education and empowering individuals and teams to learn through collaboration, challenge and dissent. Evangelie has a penchant for the creative including painting and web design. Currently she is completing a Masters in Learning Sciences and Technology. She has found navigating the role of parent to twin daughters the most challenging and rewarding of all.
Anthony Llewellyn

CTO

Anthony Llewellyn

B Med Sci, MBBS, FRANZCP, MHA, GAICD

Anthony was born on Mouheneenner land in Hobart, Tasmania and pays his respect to the traditional owners of the lands he lives and works on and elders past and present. Anthony’s two most important roles in life are proud husband and father of two boys. Anthony is a Psychiatrist and Medical Educationalist from Newcastle, New South Wales.From 2012 to 2016 Anthony was the (Executive) Medical Director of HETI. Anthony is now back in Newcastle teaching and training medical students, junior doctors and psychiatry trainees and enrolled in a PhD in medical education.
Anthony has a penchant for all things techie and continues to play a role in a range #FOAMed websites , in particular onthewards, meded.help and the #ICEBlog.

Our Team

Abhijit Pal

Associate Editor and Blogger

Abhijit Pal

Antonia Clarke

Junior Editor

Antonia Clarke

BSc (Hons), LLB (Hons), MBBS (Hons) Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, NSW

Basic Physician Trainee at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital with a background in human rights law and inorganic chemistry. Antonia has a longstanding interest in teaching, founding a clinically based Peer Assisted Learning program in her final year of medical school, and coordinating the Resident Bedside Teaching program at RPAH in 2016.

Bridget Johnson

Associate Editor and Blogger

Bridget Johnson

Bruce Way

Senior Editor

Bruce Way

Chris Elliot

Associate Editor and Blogger

Chris Elliot

Dennis Nguyen

Digital Coordinator

Dennis Nguyen

Duncan Campbell

Associate Editor and Blogger

Duncan Campbell

Eamon Merrick

Associate Editor and Blogger

Eamon Merrick

Elie Matar

Associate Editor and Blogger

Elie Matar

MBBS (Hons I, M) BSci Adv (Hons I, M) Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, NSW and Brain & Mind Research Institute NSW

Elie is a Physician Trainee and Neurodegenerative Disease Fellow with the Brain and Mind Research Institute and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. He is also a Clinical Lecturer with the University of Sydney and has a strong interest in medical education and research. As co-founder and chair of a hospital clinical redesign committee, Elie believes junior doctors have an important responsibility in pioneering innovation to improve the healthcare systems within which they work.

Elizabeth Campbell

Junior Editor

Elizabeth Campbell

Grace Leo

Grace Leo

BMed, MD, DCHSydney Children’s Hospital NSW

Grace is a Senior Resident Medical Officer at Sydney Children’s Hospital who is passionate about improving education and communication within healthcare and the FOAM community. Aside from work with onthewards, Grace is involved with Don’t Forget The Bubbles and is on the organising committee for the inaugural DFTB17 conference. She is also a part of the back end of the Intensive Care Network and is on the organising committee for the Social Media and Critical Care Conference. She is a former Internal Director and Editor of the Australian Medical Student Journal. In her free time she loves travelling, board games, graphic design and good food.

Jemma Hogan

Junior Editor

Jemma Hogan

BSC (PSYCH), MBBS, ORANGE HEALTH SERVICE

Jemma is a junior doctor currently working in Paediatrics at Orange Health Service, in rural NSW. Originally from Perth, she decided to make the big move to the country this year and has absolutely no regrets. She loves working with kids and has further interests in leadership in medicine, junior doctor welfare and medical education. Jemma completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology prior to medical school and currently sits on the Doctors in Training Advisory Council with Avant Mutual Group. She loves to travel and consequently, is frequently asked by people whether she actually holds down a full time job.

Jenny Liu

Subeditor

Jenny Liu

Ken Liu

Blogger and Editor

Ken Liu

MBBS (Hons), BSc (Med), FRACP

Ken Liu did his internship, residency and basic physician’s training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney and went on to complete Gastroenterology advanced training at Concord Hospital, Sydney. After deciding to subspecialise in Hepatology, Ken returned to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital as the Liver Transplant Fellow in 2015. In 2016, he spent a year overseas as the Hepatology Fellow at the Institute of Digestive Disease, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is currently completing a PhD at the Centenary Institute, Sydney. Ken has authored or coauthored over 20 papers in the field of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and presented his research at major international conferences. He also has a passion for teaching medical students and junior medical officers and has twice won the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Registrar Teacher of the Year award.

Linda Wu

Junior Editor

Linda Wu

B Med, MD, B Sc (Med) – Hons Royal North Shore Hospital, NSW

Medical Registrar at Royal North Shore Hospital. Linda is passionate about medical education and believes in fostering an open supportive culture for junior doctors. She also has a special interest in endocrinology and related research. Ironically, in her spare time she enjoys baking goods of not unsubstantial calorie content.

Lise Kempler

Junior Digital Proofreader

Lise Kempler

A medical student at the University of Sydney, Lise has been an avid listener of onthewards and recently joined the team to assist with digital formatting and content. She is a clinical medicine addict and is always looking for an opportunity to be immersed in the hospital environment. Lise has a keen interest in medical education and currently teaches Anatomy to first year medical students.

Nathan Mortimer

Digital Assets Coordinator

Nathan Mortimer

Nhi Nguyen

Senior Editor

Nhi Nguyen

 B Med Sci, MBBS, FCICM Nepean Hospital NSW

Nhi Nguyen is a Staff Specialist in the Department of Intensive Care Medicine and Co-Director of Prevocational Training and Education at Nepean Hospital. Nhi provides advice on the antenatal and peripartum management of pregnant patients with medical problems and has an interest in the critically ill obstetric patient.

Nick Malouf

Junior Editor

Nick Malouf

BSc, MBBSPrince of Wales Hospital, NSW

Resident at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney. Nick has a background in organic chemistry and biochemistry. Nick is keen to pursue the physician training pathway and has particular interests in gastroenterology, endocrinology and medical education.

Paul Hamor

Blogger and Editor

Paul Hamor

Prince of Wales Hospital

Paul is a Respiratory & Sleep Physician and Network Director of Physician Training at the Prince of Wales Hospital. He has had a long involvement in prevocational and undergraduate medical education. Paul has interests in the formulation of educational programs, presentation skills, delivering best evidence based-practice to the ward, as well as change methodology. He is also a strong advocate for work life balance and has been looking at the prevention and management of junior doctor burnout and programs to promote resilience.

Sam Foley

Digital Coordinator

Sam Foley

BSc Medical Student University of Notre Dame, VIC

Sam is a 4th year post-graduate medical student of the University of Notre Dame, currently based in Melbourne, Victoria. Following graduation from Biomedical science degree he worked for The Critical Care Research Group in Brisbane, Queensland, with a focus on animal models of disease. Sam is currently completing his medical degree project on substance misuse and is interested in pain management and palliative care.

Sam Orton

Junior Editor

Sam Orton

Sarah Dalton

Blogger and Podcaster

Sarah Dalton

The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Clinical Lead at the Agency for Clinical Innovation

Sarah is a Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead as well as Clinical Lead at the Agency for Clinical Innovation in NSW. She is President for the Division of Paediatrics and Child Health at the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and holds a Masters in Applied Management in Health.

Sarah has a long-standing interest in trainee development, and is a strong advocate for improving Quality and Safety in Healthcare. She has a particular interest in clinicians leading change and has completed a Fulbright Scholarship to evaluate Clinical Leadership Development Programs in the United States.

Tom Finn

Subeditor

Tom Finn

Guest Contributors

Amelia Smyth

Blogger

Amelia Smyth

Emily Nash

Subeditor

Emily Nash

Jessica Tidswell

Blogger

Jessica Tidswell

Laura Glenn

Subeditor

Laura Glenn

Lauren Jones

Blogger

Lauren Jones

Blogger

Royal North Shore Hospital NSW

Lauren is from Wales and was trained at the Imperial College London.  She is currently an ICU Registrar working at Royal North Shore Hospital.  Lauren really likes her kids and weightlifting.
Martin Seneviratne

Martin Seneviratne

BSc (Hons) MBBS (Hons)

Martin is a junior doctor with a passion for digital health, who has worked with multiple health-tech startups and the Australian Digital Health Agency. After completing his internship and residency at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Martin was awarded a John Monash Scholarship to undertake a Masters in Clinical Informatics at Stanford University. He will ultimately return to Australia and continue physicians training.

Rolf Gomes

Blogger

Rolf Gomes

Heart of Australia

Heart of Australia is the brainchild of Brisbane cardiologist Dr Rolf Gomes, a father of three and the principal of Medihearts – his established private cardiology practice in Brisbane.
Rolf comes from a family of 3 siblings (initially 4 siblings prior to the death of his eldest brother at the age of 5). Rolf was born in Calcutta and came to Australia at the age of 9 with his parents. From very humble beginnings Rolf later graduated from Electrical Engineering and worked for 2 years as an Electrical Engineer for a petro chemical company. He then left a good job to pursue a career in medicine because….as he would say…. “I just wanted to be in a job where I was chatting to people all day and at the same time doing something useful with my life”. So he went back to wiping down coffee tables for another four years and eventually graduated from Medicine….and later Cardiology.
Rolf was instantly attracted to Cardiology because ….. “in essence…the heart is just like a pump….it’s got plumbing, valves and electrics……also….obstetrics scared the hell out of me and the other stuff was just too hard!”
Rolf recognised early what might be possible by mobilising healthcare technology. Perhaps this was his Engineering background resurfacing….by combining the dictum of medicine which is to “prolong life and ease suffering“ with the mantra of engineers which is to “make things happen”, and with the aid of like-minded organisations and colleagues, Rolf was finally able to realise his vision – to bring services….many which people in the city take for granted….to the bush.
Close to 6 years after taking the first step…..and going down many dry gullies….on the 3rd of October 2014 Heart of Australia was launched. What has been achieved since is nothing short of amazing.

Sophie Collins

Blogger

Sophie Collins

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE

Sophie Collins is a fifth-year medical student at the University of Newcastle who cites the annual MedRevue and her rural and outreach experience as the highlights of her medical school journey thus far. She is passionate about paediatrics, Indigenous health, primary care, and remaining firmly undecided re: her future specialty. Outside of medicine she loves music and chocolate. Follow Sophie on Twitter @sophiembc

Talila Milroy

Blogger

Talila Milroy

Royal Prince Alfred Hospital NSW BSc MBBS RPAH

Resident at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Talila has a Bachelor degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Sydney in addition to a Bachelor of Science in which she majored in psychology. Talila has two children and was the only Indigenous graduate in the class of 2016 in the Sydney Medical Program. During her undergraduate years Talila worked in the Faculty of Economics and Business at Sydney University, The Garvan Institute and Moreton Consulting. Talila is passionate about Indigenous social justice, health care education, being a mum and cooking.

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