James Edwards

James Edwards

MBBS, FACEM, MMedEd

Founder

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 is Director of the Department. 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.

Elie Matar

Elie Matar

MBBS (Hons I, M) BSCI AD (Hons I, M)

Vice President and Deputy Editor in Chief

Elie is a Neurology Advanced Trainee and a NHMRC postgraduate scholar based in Sydney, Australia. He is a Clinical Lecturer with the University of Sydney and has a strong passion for medical education and clinical research. Having co-founded 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.

Chris Elliot

Chris Elliot

B.Med(Hons) FRACP

Communications Advisor & Senior Editor

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.

Eloise Sobels

Eloise Sobels

Digital Officer

Ellie is a final year medical student at the University of Sydney, New South Wales. She is currently completing her clinical years based at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Before embarking on her Medical degree, she completed an undergraduate in Medical Science (Hons) from Flinders University and worked in a Clinical Pathology Laboratory testing and reporting on blood results. Ellie has a passion for team-based medical care and is currently working on research into Multidisciplinary Team based care for End-Stage-Kidney-Disease patients. Ellie is an avid dog lover and enjoys any beach related activity, as well as playing hockey for the University of Sydney.

Jane McDonnell

Jane McDonnell

Editor

Jane is an Obstetrics & Gynaecology registrar based in Sydney. She completed her medical degree at The University of Notre Dame after completing a Bachelor of Medical Science from The University of Sydney. Jane has a Masters in Public Health from the University of New South Wales and has completed an internship at the World Health Organisation in Geneva. In 2019, she was awarded the JMO Teacher of the Year at Royal North Shore Hospital. Jane is interested in women’s and refugee health, teaching and research. Outside of medicine, she enjoys running and sudoku.

Jules Willcocks

Jules Willcocks

Senior Editor and Podcaster

Jules is an Emergency Physician and the Director of Prevocational Education and Training at Gosford hospital, Central Coast, NSW. His interest is in bringing out the best in people and potential, principally through mentoring, coaching and education. He firmly believes that wellbeing is a crucial part of this and that you cannot be a great doctor and look after someone to the best of your abilities if you yourself are not well. He has trained as an executive coach and mentor and as a side interest used to play professional level poker. Through this he developed an interest in psychology and behaviour under pressure and has found many similarities between poker, medicine and investing. He talks at share trading seminars on the psychology of investing and trading and has run workshops on financial wellness for doctors. He is putting together content on financial wellness for The Resident App and the WRaPEM group. He is also training to become a professional trader with the Van Tharp Institute. He is married to Sophia with 2 boys aged 9 and 11, all of whom help remind him of the importance of wellbeing and balance in life, why wine and whisky are an important part of that balance and why he’s not living a degenerate life in Las Vegas!

Ken Liu

Ken Liu

MBBS (Hons), BSc (Med), FRACP

Senior Editor

Ken is a staff specialist transplant hepatologist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney where he completed most of his junior medical training and advanced training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology. 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 also completing a PhD at the Centenary Institute, Sydney. Ken has authored or co-authored over 30 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 Teacher of the Year award.

Tom Ayton

Tom Ayton

Editor

Tom is an Ophthalmology Registrar at Sydney Eye Hospital, Sydney, Australia. He is from Albany in Western Australia and has a background in exercise physiology and sport. During his postgraduate medical training Tom became interested in medical education, which he completed his course research in, as well as medical student teaching and Junior Medical Officer advocacy. Tom loves the beach, keeping healthy and is a very poor surfer.

Previous Team Members

Evangelie Polyzos

Evangelie Polyzos

BVA, GradDipModLang (German), GradDipBus (EventMgt)

Founder

Evangelie is an entrepreneurial, creative, progressive, strategic, results-focused, communications and digital professional, with over 10 years experience in the medical Industry. She has a background in web design, internal communications, change, project and event management within both the corporate and not for profit health sector. Evangelie has a passion for creating, fostering and developing online communities, empowering individuals and teams to learn through collaboration and challenge, and building relationships to achieve long term results. She has a penchant for the creative, is an avid artist, traveller, mother to twin adult daughters and grandmother. Visit https://evangeliepolyzos.com/ to learn more about Evangelie.

Anthony Llewellyn

Anthony Llewellyn

B Med Sci, MB BS, FRANZCP, MHA, GAICD

Past Founder

Anthony is a Psychiatrist, Medical HR Expert, Coach, Technologist and Educationalist. He is one of the three original founders of the onthewards website. As the site’s first Chief Technology Officer, Anthony was integral in getting us up and running and helped to steer the onthewards website through its first three iterations. Whilst Anthony is no longer formally involved with onthewards, he remains a strong supporter, having spoken at our inaugural conference otw18. Anthony holds leadership and training positions at both the University of Newcastle and Hunter New England Local Health District. He is also the Managing Director of AdvanceMed, a medical education and training company dedicated to helping doctors manage their medical careers.

Abhijit Pal

Abhijit Pal

MBBS B Sci Adv (Hons I)

Senior Editor

Abhi is a medical oncologist currently completing the second year of his fellowship in drug development and early phase anti cancer trials at the Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton in the United Kingdom. In his non existent spare time he is completing a part time PhD through Sydney University in informed consent and clinical ethics during communication with patients with advanced cancer. He has a strong interest in drug development, clinical trials, communication and also in hospital culture, burnout and doctor welfare.

Antonia Clarke

Antonia Clarke

BSc (Hons), LLB (Hons), MBBS (Hons)

Deputy Editor in Chief

Antonia is an Advanced Trainee in Neurology with a background in human rights law and inorganic chemistry. Antonia has a longstanding interest in teaching, helping to facilitate the Clinical Teaching Fellowship Program at the University of Sydney and founding a clinically based Peer Assisted Learning program in her final year of medical school. Antonia hopes to keep up her interest in teaching and mentorship during her next non-clinical adventure - maternity leave!

Bridget Johnson

Bridget Johnson

B.Med FRACP FAChPM

Blogger

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.

Duncan Campbell

Duncan Campbell

BSc(Hons) DipModLang (French) MBBS MPH

Senior Editor

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.

Elizabeth Campbell

Elizabeth Campbell

B. Mus Studies, MBBS, DCH

Senior Editor

Elizabeth is a General Practitioner in Sydney, Australia. She studied medicine at the University of Sydney, and completed an undergraduate degree in classical piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Elizabeth is interested in medical education and mentorship. She is a member of DocVox, the NSW Doctors Choir.

Jenny Liu

Jenny Liu

BSc(Med) Hons (Class 1) BMed (Dist) MD (Dist) PhD

Senior Editor

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.

Laura Glenn

Laura Glenn

BMed / MD

Subeditor

Laura is a Basic Physician Trainee at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and currently preparing to undertake the RACP examinations in 2017. She has a passionate interest in medical education, having co-ordinated the resident teaching program for medical students at RPA hospital in 2015, and with many years of experience teaching and mentoring medical students. She is currently completing a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology through the University of Sydney. In the future, she hopes to spend some time in rural Australia training in internal medicine and working with indigenous and remote communities.

Lise Kempler

Lise Kempler

BSc(Adv) MD

Junior Digital Proofreader

Lise will commence internship as a junior doctor in 2019 at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. She has been an avid listener of onthewards since starting medical school and joined the team in 2017 to assist with digital formatting and content. Lise is a clinical medicine addict and is always looking for an opportunity to be immersed in the hospital environment. She has a keen interest in education and is involved in teaching and mentoring of first- and second-year medical students.

Dennis Neuen

Dennis Neuen

BMus/BSci, MBBS (Hons I)

Digital Coordinator

Dennis Neuen as an Intern at Wagga Wagga Base Hospital, having completed medical school at the University of Notre Dame Sydney. Dennis has strong interests in rheumatology, teaching and research. 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.

Eamon Merrick

Eamon Merrick

RN BHSc PGcert(Ed)MHSM PhD MACN

Associate Editor and Blogger

Eamon is a Registered Nurse, Assistant Professor, and Clinical Academic with the University of Canberra; and holds a Hon. Senior lecturer position with the University of Sydney When Eamon is not in the emergency department he is thinking about the ED. He is often surprised by exemplary patient care occurring in a complex environment. This neuroticism has landed him in the world of research. Studying and writing about teamwork and decision making is his therapy. His research and writing has changed clinical practice.

Nathan Mortimer

Nathan Mortimer

BMed MD BSc(Med)Hons

Digital Assets Coordinator

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.

Paul Hamor

Paul Hamor

Podcaster and Blogger

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.

Linda Wu

Linda Wu

B Med, MD, B Sc (Med) - Hons

Junior Editor

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.

Jemma Hogan

Jemma Hogan

BSc (Psych), MBBS, DCH

Editor

Jemma is a Dual RACP/RACMA trainee currently working in Paediatrics at Perth Children’s Hospital and previously as a Medical Administration Registrar at St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals. She has interests in medical leadership, doctors welfare, medical education and workforce planning. Jemma also sits on the Avant Doctors in Training Advisory Council, is actively involved it the Australian Medical Association and has been appointed to the Western Australia Clinical Senate for 2020. She uses all her spare time to travel and so as a result, is frequently asked by people whether she actually holds down a full time job.

Natalie Armstrong

Natalie Armstrong

Digital Officer

Natalie is a current Stage 3 Sydney University Medical Student based at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. Prior to commencing medicine, Natalie graduated Sydney University with a Master of Nursing and worked at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital as a surgical scrub nurse. For the final year of her medical degree, she will be moving to Dubbo to complete her training at the School of Rural Health and is passionate about rural health care and emergency medicine. She is balancing her study and work with her love for the sea, surf, mountains and an unhealthy obsession with succulents.

Sam Orton

Sam Orton

BSc MBBS

Editor

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.

Tom Finn

Tom Finn

BMedSc (Hons) MBBS (Hons)

Editor

Tom is an Advanced Trainee in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine with an interest in teaching and ultrasound. He has a strong background in the basic clinical sciences, and his approach to teaching is to focus on understanding from first principles. He is involved in various aspects of onthewards – from blogs to podcasts to sound and video editing.

Lucy Coles

Lucy Coles

Lucy Coles is a Resident at Concord Hospital, New South Wales, Australia who is particularly interested in internal medicine and preventive health. She began contributing to onthewards as an intern, having been a regular listener since starting medical school. Prior to medicine, Lucy studied Immunology, Physiology and German language. When she’s not at work, she plays the flute, bakes, and loves getting outside for a run or swim.

Sarah Dalton

Sarah Dalton

BMed MAppMgt(Hlth) FRACP GAICD

Podcaster and Blogger

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. Sarah 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.