Jules Willcocks chats to Kirsty Forrest and Jo Bishop about Medical Leadership.
Summary Writer: Peter Hoppett
Script Writers: Kirsty Forrest, Jo Bishop, Jules Willcocks
Editors: Kirsty Forrest, Jo Bishop
Interviewer: Jules Willcocks
Interviewees: Kirsty Forrest, Jo Bishop
Professor Kirsty Forrest is the Dean of Medicine at Bond University, an accomplished medical education leader, teacher, researcher and clinician with proven strengths and skills acquired during her career in the United Kingdom and Australia. She has been involved in medical education research for 15 years and is frequently invited as a facilitator and speaker on education and leadership at national and international forums. Kirsty also practices educational leadership as an Executive Member and Treasurer of the Medical Deans of Australia and New Zealand and Chair of the Medical Education Collaborative committee.
Kirsty’s passion for medical education extends beyond the undergraduate forum into the graduate forum through her roles as member of the Education, Development and Evaluation Committee and a lead facilitator for the educator program of Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA). She works clinically as a Consultant Anaesthetist at Gold Coast University Hospital and is a Fellow of the ANZCA. Kirsty’s clinical research areas include medical leadership education and patient safety.
Associate Professor Jo Bishop is Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Service Quality and Curriculum lead for the Bond Medical Program, which enables her to work with key stakeholders within the tertiary and health service sector.
Jo is a member of national working groups and contributes significantly to international discussions on student support and medical education pedagogy. She has recently been involved with several webinars and international conferences. Jo has nearly a decade of experience as a curriculum director and an anatomist and former stem cell biologist, and sees herself as a medical sciences educator.
Jules Willcocks is an Emergency Medicine Consultant and the Director of Prevocational Education and Training at Gosford Hospital.
His interest is in bringing out the best in people principally through mentoring and coaching. He firmly believes that wellbeing is a crucial part of this and that you cannot look after someone to the best of your abilities if you yourself are not well.
He trained as an executive coach and has a particular interest in financial wellness for doctors.
He is married with two boys, which is why he’s not living a degenerate life in Las Vegas and loves playing poker and fine single malt Islay whisky.
With Professor Kirsty Forrest, Dean of Medicine and Associate Professor Jo Bishop, Associate Dean at Bond University, Queensland, Australia
Medical leadership is defined by a role assigned at a particular point in time rather than a title. It relies on switching between leader and follower depending on individual skillsets but ultimately with a common goal in mind. Having an academic or administrative background can be useful to cultivate the skills to be a leader but are not necessary for practice. Opportunities to be a leader should be embraced and are diverse, ranging from leading a ward round clinically to mentoring medical students or more junior doctors.
Coyle, D. The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups, 2018, 1st edition. Bantam