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 from all across Australia.


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.

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