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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.