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RACMA Young Doctors Program Social and Networking Function Print E-mail
The Quarterly 2012

Dr Sally TidemanThe SA State Committee of RACMA extended an invitation to all Young Doctors/Doctors in training interested in ‘systems’ thinking and medical leadership/ administration to attend an educational / social / networking function on May the 15th. In addition to this being a time for interested doctors in training to meet Fellows, Candidates and other Young Doctors it allowed for others to see how the State Committee managed the activity and business of RACMA. It was also an opportunity to work with an expert in the field of communication in complex organisations, organisational development and change and transition management.

The meeting was held on Tuesday 15 May 2012 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm at the Majestic Rooftop Hotel in Adelaide. The program consisted of an official welcome to all attendees, a presentation from our invited speaker Tim Dalmau from the Dalmau Network, questions and then rounding out the evening with some networking, drinks and nibbles.

A total of 22 attended - 10 of whom were Young Doctors /Doctors in Training with RSVPs for another 10 unable to attend at that time. 9 Fellows and 3 Candidates also attended. There appears to be, heightened interest in health systems medical leadership and management in South Australia at present. As one doctor in training noted- that “when the health system is under huge pressure, the medical voice advocating for effective systems and patient focused care based on best available evidence – is even more critical”. Other contributing factors to the heightened interest may include the Accelerated Pathway program, with SA having 2 Fellows recently awarded Fellowship. The now funded RACMA Registrar Training position at Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) and a new standard pathway candidate at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH) (who is Director of the TQEH ED Service).

The Speaker, Tim Dalmau led the second part of the evening. He has worked in a variety of positions in private enterprise and higher education. In the last 33 years he has worked primarily as a consultant to large corporations in the public and private sectors. His clientele extend from Australia, Argentina, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, The Philippines, United Kingdom and the USA. He is the author or co-author of an extensive selection of books, handbooks, and other publications widely used by senior executives and change practitioners. His practice covers the world, and he spends much of his time advising leaders of global corporations, working with Boards and senior executive teams of these organizations and designing systems for change and improvement in the resources, engineering, financial services and health sectors.

The evening was highly successful on all accounts with robust networking and conversation. Of particular interest was the fact that many of the newly interested young doctors/doctors in training did not realise there is specific specialist training available in this field and also that others had similar ‘whole of health systems interests’ that they were keen to share.

The challenge for the SA State Committee is to leverage this initial interest and to provide regular forums of interest to this group. This will ensure that they continue to be engaged with the College and may consider RACMA training, a speciality qualification and career in Medical Leadership, Management and Administration. This will in turn expose them to the broad range of career options that become opportunities with the FRACMA qualification.

Dr Sally Tideman

Last Updated on Friday, 17 July 2015 14:10