otw19 is a conference independently run by junior doctors, for junior doctors and doctors in training.
otw19 is organised by the team at onthewards. onthewards provides medical education and practical online resources for early career doctors worldwide.
This year’s conference theme “Future. Ready. You.” will build on the success of our inaugural conference onthewards and beyond , held in 2018.
“Future. Ready. You.” will focus on preparing junior doctors for success. The conference will deliver sessions on key clinical skills and knowledge, and help junior doctors to design their future career path. It will equip junior doctors to navigate the healthcare system and become an effective change agent, whilst advocating for personal and financial wellbeing.
When: Saturday 18 May 2019
Where: Sydney, Australia
“Future. Ready. You.” will prepare you for success. You’ll:
Registrations close Sunday 12 May 2019.
Register as a group of 4 to get 20% discount!
Registration costs are tax deductible.
Register between Monday 8 April and Sunday 12 May to be in the draw to win a travel voucher valued at $250 or an iPad valued at $600. Winners will be announced on Monday 13 May 2019 once they have been notified.
“May I get a phone order for some fluids please?”
End of life care
ECG in 20s
Doing work better, together: junior doctors as relational champions
Anaesthetics Anonymous: Human in the Team
Social Media Changed My Life!
The Three C’s: Speaking Up for Culture Change
Preparing for interviews: what questions you can be asked and questions you can’t be asked
The Panel: Addressing uncertainty – does it matter which career path you choose?
Be (or being) the best you can be
How to take charge of your career path
James is the Founder of onthewards, a Senior Staff Specialist and Acting Director of the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH) Emergency Department. He is also the current Clinical Chair of
the NSW Prevocational Training Council at the Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) and in the Sydney University Medical Program chairs the pre-internship committee. James is the inaugural Medical Director of the Sydney Local Health District Demand Management Unit.
James is a Staff Specialist working in the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH) Emergency Department. He has a special interest in ultrasound and coordinates the registrar ultrasound training program. James
is also the most recent recipient of the RPAH Teacher of the Year award.
Claire is currently undertaking an ICU Clinical and Simulation Fellowship at RNSH. She is a born and bred Victorian having grown up in Mildura before completing a Physiotherapy degree in
Melbourne. She then moved to Canberra where she completed her medical degree. Her love for the country life took her to Wagga Wagga for internship and resident years before being drawn to the big city lights for her husband and to train at the RNSH and RPAH ICUs.
She has a special interest in bariatric medicine, innovative medical education and retrieval medicine (she is also apparently an expert in all things related to faecal matter courtesy of two public ICU talks). Aside from expanding her knowledge in these niche ICU areas, Claire is a passionate John Farnham fan and a loyal Geelong AFL supporter. Claire has little baby boy that has also independently developed the same passions.
Peter is a Senior Emergency Physician, Director of Emergency Medical Training, Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dame and Clinical Lecturer at the University of Queensland. He is
also a blogger and architect. Peter’s main interests in medicine include resuscitation and emergency cardiology. He is creator and editor of www.resus.com.au a free medical education website, rated in the top critical care blogs in the world. Peter is also the creator of the EMcore Conferences (www.emcore.com.au) and creator of ‘The ECG in 20 Seconds’ System. His passion is education and the deconstruction of difficult topics into their core learning elements.
Amanda is a Specialist in Palliative Medicine and is also working as a Senior Clinical Advisor at the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare. She has worked at the
NSW Clinical Excellence Commission developing programs addressing Diagnostic Error and End of Life Care, and has worked as a clinician, educator and administrator in South Western Sydney.
Grace is a Paediatric Registrar at Sydney Children’s Hospital who is passionate about innovative medical education and paediatrics. She is a senior content editor for the paediatric website Don’t Forget
The Bubbles and part of the organising committee for acute paediatrics conference DFTB19 as well as the Social Media and Critical Care (SMACC) conferences. Grace is a former internal director of the Australian Medical Student Journal and past contributor to onthewards. Her other interests include graphic design, board games and cheesy jokes. Her twitter handle is @gracie_leo
Eve is an Emergency Medicine resident at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. She is also completing her master’s in applied anthropology through the University of North Texas and is
spending the year on the Gold Coast doing an education and research fellowship. Eve has specific interest in teamwork in the trauma and acute care environments as well as the impact of gender in medical education and practice. She likes data supported story telling and finds that she gets to engage in it often through both anthropology and clinical medicine!
Rob is a Senior Consultant Anaesthetist who works across several major Sydney Hospitals. He has a particular interest in system safety and the human factors approach to patient care. Rob
is Director of The PatientSafe Network, a not for profit charity organisation focussed on working together to implement effective safety solutions.
Natalie trained in Emergency Medicine and Paediatric EM in the UK where she worked for just over a year as a consultant before moving to Sydney where she now works
locally as a Specialist in Emergency Medicine, as a Specialist in Prehospital and Retrieval Medicine with Sydney HEMS and occasionally in Neonatal and Pediatric Transport (NETS). She has spoken internationally in Australia, Europe and the US, on topics in paediatrics, medical education and social media for teaching and learning. She is a proud contributor to the St. Emlyn’s blog and podcast, as well as a member of the Social Media and Critical Care (SMACC) conference organising committee.
Rhea is a General and Breast Surgeon on the Gold Coast, Queensland, surgical educationalist, women in surgery advocate, and Chair of the Operating With Respect Committee of the Royal Australasian
College of Surgeons.
Chris is a Consultant General and developmental Paediatrician in Sydney. He is interested in communities and communication, and his thoughts about the work-life
tightrope have been published in Fairfax Media and onthewards.org
Bridget is a Consultant Palliative Care physician who works at Greenwich Hospital in Sydney. Bridget has taken gap years to conduct research in rural Thailand and to
have three children. She knows there is definitely more than one way to have a successful career.
Ian is a researcher and international presenter on surgical education, with interests in selection, curriculum design, informed consent and feedback. He has a Master in Surgical Education from the University
of Melbourne, is a senior lecturer at the University of Newcastle and Clinical Lead, Quality and Innovation, at Central Coast Local Health District.
He is currently Dean, and former Chair of Training and past-President, of the Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA). Ian is an architect of AOA 21, the innovative redesign of the Australian Orthopaedic Training program, which is recognised as an exemplar by the Australian Medical Council, RACS and other Australian and international training bodies.
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 40 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.
Emma is a paediatrician who also has an MBA and is a qualified executive coach. Emma founded the LEAD and LEAP leadership programs and was the lead faculty for 8
years. She has recently stepped into the role of Executive Director of Medical Services at WSLHD and is excited to bring her clinical, business, coaching and leadership experience to this new challenge. In her spare time (when she can find it!) Emma exercises her two very energetic working dogs, chases the powder on her snowboard and plays hockey.
Caitlin, named “Most Likely to Donate a Kidney to a Patient” by her medical school cohort, is a PGY6 doctor-in-training with a passion for improving the culture of our working
and learning environments. In 2017 Caitlin undertook a Churchill Fellowship exploring policies and programs for clinician health and well-being in the USA, Canada and the UK. Since then she has interrupted her ANZCA training to implement her research findings, designing a well-being module for junior doctors on the mobile application Resident Guide and presenting at several national and international conferences. Caitlin serves on the board of Doctors Health Services as well as a number of committees with the Australian Medical Association including the NSW and Federal Council of Doctors in Training. Caitlin is passionate about equity and equality, professionalism, innovation and positive psychology.
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 helping them to achieve their
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!
Clare is an Emergency Physician and prehospital and retrieval medicine specialist. She works with NSW Ambulance Aeromedical division as Director of Training, as part of the medical team and in
the aeromedical control centre. Clare has a special interest in simulation based education and how teams work.
Renee is a doctor, performer, and educator . In addition to being Director of Program Development at the Pam McLean Centre (one of the leading centres in Australia aimed at improving
communication education in the Health sector), a Senior Lecturer in Professional Development at Sydney University, and a locum doctor in Emergency and Palliative Care, Renee is also an established performer, on shows likes Pulse, Ask The Doctor, Food Investigators, Secret City, East West 101 and Please Like Me, and a writer/director. She is the CEO of Changineers, a social enterprise providing educational innovation for organisations that are creating positive social change, and consults in Health, Education and Engagement across the NFP space, most recently with the Paul Ramsay Foundation and MSF.
Joy Stewart has worked as a facilitator with the Pam McLean Centre for the last 8 years. A psychotherapist in private practise, Joy has also worked professionally in both the
film and theatre industries. An award-winning playwright, her area of interest has always been the psychosocial dynamics that operate between people; whether in a clinical, organisational or dramatic arena. Joy uses her skills and knowledge as an instructional designer to support and develop the vital work of PMC.
Clare is Director of Emergency Medicine at Hornsby Kuring-Gai Hospital and Chair of the Emergency Medicine Network for Northern Sydney Local Health District. Clare is a proud graduate of the
local public school system and completed degrees in arts and science at the Australian National University before embarking on a medical degree at the University of Sydney.
Clare was a Junior Medical Officer at the Canberra Hospital before moving back to Sydney to undertake training in Emergency Medicine at Royal North Shore Hospital. She also completed a Masters of Public Health degree. Since attaining Fellowship in 2011, Clare has worked clinically across Northern Sydney and as Curriculum Advisor for the Sydney Medical School.
Clare is interested in improving workplace culture in Emergency Departments and hopes to achieve this by advocating for increased senior medical staffing, building positive relationships in and beyond the Emergency Department, providing excellent clinically-orientated education, and mentorship of trainees and Junior Medical Officers.
Belinda Gray is currently an NHMRC Neil Hamilton Fairley Early Career Fellow at St George’s, University of London, in Sports Cardiology and Inherited Cardiac Conditions with Professor Elijah Behr and
Professor Sanjay Sharma. Dr Gray’s research focuses on risk stratification, genetics and
prevention of sudden cardiac death in the young, including young athletes. Dr Gray graduated in medicine from the University of NSW in 2006 and completed her PhD at the University of Sydney in 2016 with the support of a Heart Foundation PhD Scholarship. Dr Gray is a module lead and lecturer in the Masters of Sports Cardiology (MSc) at St George’s, University of London. She has received numerous research grants and has presented at national and international conferences including the Young Investigator Awards at the Heart Rhythm Society Annual Scientific meeting in USA, and the Ralph Reader Prize at the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. She is an early career researcher with more than 30 peer reviewed publications.
Bedside ultrasound – surely this is the future?!
You receive a drowsy 78 year old lady on your night shift in the emergency department. She is hypotensive, cold and has crackles in her lungs. Her CXR looks like she might have an atypical pneumonia, of maybe CCF. Do you give fluids? Lasix? Antibiotics? Aspirin?
Ultrasound can be a powerful tool to help you differentiate causes of shock, confirm or rule out specific diagnoses and at the very least, get a cannula in the un-cannulatable patient! James will be giving an oversight into how ultrasound can help you take care of the critically ill patient and what the future of ultrasound in critical care might look like.
N/S, CSL, RL, 5% Dex, 4% and 1/5, Plasmalyte……..arghhh! When and why should we use them and what is in them? IVF is one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in medicine yet we still struggle to understand the what, when and why. This talk will open the floodgates to your understanding of IVF and quench your thirst for a deeper knowledge of the intrinsic details of IVF prescription on the wards.
This talk will cover what to consider, what to say and what to do when a patient might be approaching the end of life.
This talk will show you how to read the ECG in 6 simple steps. Peter will cover, sinoatrial blocks, atrioventricular blocks, the wide complex tachycardia that is and isn’t VT, subtle ischaemic changes you mustn’t miss and more.
Modern medicine is complex, interdependent, and time constrained. Junior doctors play an integral role in navigating these realities at the coal face. Eve’s talk will explore how you can maximize your team’s performance in these conditions by fostering relationships. Junior doctors play a unique role in constructing shared knowledge, identifying shared goals, and practicing mutual respect. These critical actions will make work more fun and improve outcomes for your patients!
A look at healthcare structures through the focus of Central Line Air Emboli. Rob will explain how Human Factors science will need to be adopted in healthcare if recurring morbidity and mortality from this completely avoidable adverse event is to be minimised.
How can we use social media to supplement our professional lives? From Twitter to blogs to Instagram, Natalie will explain how engaging with the Free Open Access Medical Education (FOAM) world can make learning easier and provide you with professional opportunities you never imagined.
Phrases such as ‘everybody should #SpeakUp’ or ‘the standard you walk past…’ often do not recognise the limitations of hierarchy and power on junior doctors. Nevertheless, there are ways for junior doctors to speak up that are backed by evidence, and which have also been road-tested through the @RACSurgeons #OperateWithRespect programme. Rhea will talk about the three C’s that are central to success – Congeniality, Collegiality and Courage.
Colourful mythology has grown around the interview process, no more so than in interviews for medical or surgical training positions.
The interview for selection can take many formats, and each method has particular advantages and drawbacks, both from the perspective of the candidate, and from the perspective of the interviewers and selecting institution. This talk will examine the popular formats, purpose and evidence behind different interview formats, with a particular emphasis on single panel and multiple mini interviews.
A primary purpose of interviews is to discriminate between candidates to allow ranking, based on the attributes of the candidate considered important to the performance of their proposed roles and the requirements of the communities in which they will serve. It is essential that this evaluation does not include illegal discrimination, but just as important that explicit or implicit bias is also recognised and avoided.
This talk will explain the Australian discrimination laws relevant to selection interviews and signpost some training program trends on topics for questions, and measures being undertaken to reduce implicit and explicit bias.
There are many potential career paths lying ahead for junior doctors, each with tough competition and challenging obstacles. How can you make sure you choose the one that’s right for you? What if you don’t know where you’re going? The panel will discuss the benefits and challenges of their chosen paths, and why it’s ok to change direction.
Everyone has unique skills, qualities and traits that they bring to their job and workplace. It’s important that you understand your strengths so you can prosper, stand out and achieve your goals.
James will describe how to identify your unique skill set and develop your personal brand.
This will also help differentiate yourself from other candidates when it comes to increasingly competitive job application process.
Medicine opens up a world of exciting career opportunities but sometimes it seems hard to navigate to the one that is calling your name. Timing, opportunity, networks, geography and mentors are all important factors but they are all trumped by passion, courage and a sense of adventure. In this session we will explore the challenges and opportunities that a career in medicine can offer.
Wellbeing is much more than physical health. It includes physical as well as social, mental, and financial wellness. Working as a junior doctor comes with unique challenges. While attention is rightly being drawn to the need to improve the working conditions for doctors in training, there are ways we can each maximise our wellbeing now. The panel will discuss ways to balance each of these wellbeing dimensions, and opportunities to improve your quality of life.
Life is hectic, difficult and busy. And we are all Broken Humans trying to be perfect carers in a dysfunctional system. But what if being sad, angry or lost is sometimes the point? What if staying with someone in a horrible situation and not being able to fix anything is actually enough? What if emotions and not succeeding are actually the most important part of being human, and developing humanity. What if Perfect Moments exist… in every second we forget to enjoy.
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Aunty Ann Weldon
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Bridget Johnson, Rhea Liang, Ken Liu, Clare Richmond, Belinda Gray
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Chris Elliot, Caitlin Weston, Jules Willcocks, Clare Skinner
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Renee Lim and Joy Stewart
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