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The Quarterly 2012

The Medical Leadership in Context conference was held at The Como, South Yarra Victoria on the 15th and 16th of March. 17 Associate Fellow Trainees, 19 Standard Pathway Candidates and 12 Accelerated Pathway Candidates, battled the Grand Prix traffic to attend the first of their face to face educational workshops.

Dr Donna O’Sullivan, Chair of the Training Committee opened the Conference with an icebreaker session where each table had to find out three things that they had in common and present it back to the group. Dr Roger Boyd, our President, welcomed the participants and Faculty members to the conference and gave a general overview of the College and its operations. Dr Lee Gruner, Chair of the Education and Training Committee then presented the first of the plenary sessions on “Medical leadership and the role of self”.

Both the Accelerated and Standard Pathway Candidates then identified their strengths and weaknesses through a leadership self assessment tool. The Associate Fellow Trainees started on their journey transitioning from clinicians to clinician managers to leaders.

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Following lunch on the first day was Plenary Session 2, “Medical leadership within the organisational context” presented by Dr Roger Boyd and Dr Michael Walsh, Board member and CEO of Cabrini Health.

The groups then separated out into three streams with the Standard Pathway Candidates dealing with a distressed mother and an angry Visiting Medical Officer through a series of Minimex exercises. The Accelerated Pathway Candidates engaged in a Personally Arranged Learning Session (PeArLS). This allowed them to tap into the extensive and varied management expertise of their peers to solve current, real management problems that they are working through. The Associate Fellows Trainees continued their ‘clinicians to clinician managers to leader’ program with Dr Lee Gruner. A recently graduated Fellow in Dr Simon Fraser and Associate Fellow in Dr Michael Ward spoke to each of the groups about their experiences in the RACMA training program.

The conference dinner at Insieme Restaurant gave everyone an opportunity to socialise with Faculty members and their colleagues.

The final afternoon session saw the Standard Pathway Candidate and Associate Fellow Trainees joined forces to navigate their way through Financial Resource Management with Dominic Staun. While the Accelerated Pathway Candidates were busy reflecting well and writing all about it and learning how to write reflectively with Dr Jenny Newton.

Thanks must be extended to the dedicated Faculty members that gave their time on behalf of the College to deliver and support this program. They include the following:
  • Dr Donna O’Sullivan
  • Dr Roger Boyd
  • Dr Stephen Ayre
  • Dr David Rankin
  • Dr Lee Gruner
  • Assoc Prof Eugenie Pedagogos
  • Dr Michael Walsh
  • Dr Annette Pantle
  • Dr Helen Parsons
  • Dr Bennie Ng
  • Dr Simon Fraser
  • Dr Michael Ward

The participants valued the opportunity to engage with the educational material and network with their peers. Overall the Medical Leadership in Context Conference served as a successful introduction to each of the training programs and the College.

 

Ms Sharon Holloway
National Education and Training Program Manager.