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.
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.
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 from all across Australia.
We are always looking for medical students, junior and senior doctors that are interested in joining our team.
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 is a Palliative Care physician who enjoys working in a teaching hospital and palliative care unit in Sydney. Bridget completed her Bachelor of Medicine in 2003 at the University of Newcastle and was a physician trainee at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. She completed her palliative care advanced training in 2013 and since then has worked as a palliative care staff specialist. Bridget is currently on maternity leave and enjoys flying kites with her two sons and riding the wave of sleep deprivation with her young daughter.
Senior Staff Specialist in Emergency Medicine, Bruce has practiced emergency medicine for over 30 years. He has been the Director of Prevocational Education & Training at POWH for 14 years. Bruce is a member of the HETI Prevocational Accreditation Committee and a survey team leader. His teaching interests include simulation, ultrasound, resuscitation and teaching teachers. Bruce feels JMO education is the essential foundation of good doctors and the key to this is good supervision. Although technologically challenged himself, he is happy to utilise the skills of others.
Chris is a Consultant Paediatrician who works in a teaching hospital in Sydney and in private rooms. As well as clinical Medicine he is enthusiastic about health communication and teaching. Chris is a Conjoint Lecturer for the University of New South Wales and writes the occasional article on child health for mainstream media. He also teaches Advanced Paediatric Life Support and sits on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. Chris completed his Internship at Bankstown Hospital and Paediatric training through the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network. On the days when he is not at work he enjoys playing with his children, and also when they play by themselves.
Final year medical Student, University of Notre Dame Sydney. Dennis has strong interests in neurology, indigenous health and medical education. He previously completed an undergraduate music degree focusing on musicology and jazz piano. In his free time, he listens to jazz and is unnecessarily passionate about rugby league and the Wests Tigers.
Duncan is a Basic Physician Trainee at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. He hopes to pursue a career combining clinical medicine, research, policy and advocacy. Duncan is passionate about health promotion and disease prevention, and providing person-centred care.
Alexandra Bolger is a junior doctor based at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital, Sydney. Alex is originally from Melbourne, having completed her undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Biomedicine, at the University of Melbourne. She moved to Sydney for a change of scenery to complete post graduate medicine at The University of Sydney. Outside of study and working, Alex is an avid traveller and speaks German and Spanish. She enjoys being active most days, and hobbies include sport and exercise. Alex is grateful for the opportunity to work with onthewards and to help other junior doctors like herself become a little more prepared for the huge adventure and challenge of becoming a doctor.
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 will work as a General Practice Registrar in 2017, after completing Residency at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Elizabeth studied Medicine at the University of Sydney, and has an undergraduate degree in classical piano from Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Her interests include General Practice, medical education, and the links between medicine and the arts.
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.
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 is a Basic Physician Trainee with Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and a Clinical Lecturer with the University of Sydney. With a PhD in medical oncology, she is passionate about research and its application to patient care. She also has a strong interest in medical education and has been an active tutor of medical students in both university and clinical settings for the past decade.
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.
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.
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 is a Resident at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and plans to pursue Basic Physician Training. Aside from internal medicine, Nathans’s professional interests include IT, Health Informatics and medical education. In his spare time, he enjoys photography, travel and cooking.
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.
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 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.
BCom, MBBS St. Vincent’s Hospital NSW
Rose is an Intern at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney with a special interest in dermatology and pathology. Rose studied Medicine at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney and previously completed an undergraduate degree in the area of media arts and production at the University of Technology, Sydney. Rose’s professional interests include information design, health promotion and medical education. In her free time she enjoys tennis, art galleries and travelling.
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.
A Critical Care Senior Resident Medical Officer at Royal North Shore Hospital, Sam has a background in Anatomy, Neurosciences and Political Science. He has a keen interest in Intensive Care, Tropical Medicine and Public Health and previously pursued these interests through overseas placements in Cuba and Papua New Guinea. In addition to work at Royal North Shore Hospital, Sam continues his studies in Public Health and Tropical Medicine through a Masters program at James Cook University.
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 is a dual trainee in intensive care and emergency medicine. With a background in biochemistry and the basic clinical sciences, he has an approach to teaching focuses on understanding from first principles.