29/09/2020

Emergency Ultrasound Advanced Trainee

  • Nepean Hospital
  • Nepean Hospital, Derby Street, Kingswood NSW, Australia
Full time Health Care

Job Description

About Nepean Hospital

Nepean Hospital is located at the base of the Blue Mountains in Penrith, roughly 50km west of Sydney CBD in an area of rapidly expanding population. We are a 420 bed tertiary referral centre, receiving patients from Lithgow and the Blue Mountains areas. The Hospital is designated as a regional trauma centre with all major medical and surgical specialties on site, and is affiliated with the University of Sydney. Nepean Hospital has a keen focus on clinical excellence and innovation in the care provided to the local community. We are known for being the 1st Australian Hospital with two surgical robotic platforms, being a leading research unit in cardiac MRI and are also recognized as having world leaders in critical care ultrasound. The emergency department enjoys strong collegial relationships with all of our inpatient teams.

Our emergency department sees around 75000 patients annually of which 20% are paediatric. The catchment area of the hospital involves varied socio-economic groups and as a result there are high numbers of acutely unwell and relatively late presenting patients.

The Hospital is currently undergoing a redevelopment with a brand new emergency department expected to open in 2021

About the job

This position is an ACEM accredited special skills ultrasound term, approved for 3 months Non-ED term with  0.5 Ultrasound and 0.5 ED Advanced Trainee position (6 months). The successful applicant has the option of completing a further term in ICU or anaesthetics if they need to complete the critical care component of their training.

The Ultrasound term is supervised by a dedicated FACEM DDU (Emergency), providing evidenced based advanced point of care ultrasound training. The Ultrasound Advanced trainees rotate through different departments, including antenatal gynae clinic, radiology department, cardiovascular ultrasound lab doing echocardiograms. At all departments, advanced trainees will be supervised and trained by DDU holders.

Ultrasound Advanced trainees complete a minimum of 4-5 CCPUs during the term; Efast, AAA, vascular access, DVT and basic ECHO and often more than that (biliary, renal, lung, etc.). There is expectation that ultrasound registrars are expected to complete a simple ultrasound related research project during the term.

This position serves to continue training in Emergency Medicine. Its main purpose is to fulfil requirements for advanced training and to facilitate the achievement of Fellowship of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine.

About Emergency Medicine at Nepean

Nepean Hospital is accredited for 2 years of ACEM training as a tertiary centre. We form part of Sydney emergency training network 5 that includes Westmead and Blacktown Hospitals locally, with links to more distant Orange and Tweed Hospitals. There are also opportunities available for secondments to Alice Springs.

Our ED offers various additional terms including anaesthetics, ICU, paediatrics, Obstetrics and medical education.

We have a strong emphasis on education and are dedicated to getting our registrars through their primary and fellowship exams. Registrars are rostered for a full non clinical day as part of their normal roster every two weeks, covering topics based on the ACEM curriculum framework. We have a network wide fellowship exam programme with weekly sessions involving college examiners and in house OSCE training tailored to our registrars needs.

 Reasons to Work Here

Nepean ED is a busy tertiary ED with a high number of varied patient presentations and pathology, which makes for every day being interesting. We have a great sense of camaraderie between our medical and nursing groups and function as a very effective team to deliver the best care we can to the local population. The nature of this busy department will help in developing your skills in managing critically ill patients with a high level of consultant support available.

We have group of 30 passionate consultants with a mixture of many new FACEMS to those of 30+ years’ experience. We have a 3 by 3 consultant roster for morning and afternoon shifts that allows excellent supervision and on the floor from 7 am until midnight. Special interests within our group include toxicology, paediatrics and retrieval medicine.

What you need

MBBS or equivalent, currently registered with the Medical Board of Australia.

 Demonstrated clinical practice as a registered medical practitioner in the last 2 years in a setting appropriate to the needs of the position.

 Minimum 3 years full time equivalent post graduate years and significant experience in an Australian or New Zealand Emergency Department.

Has qualified as an Advanced Trainee as per the requirements by ACEM or expects to have met the criteria by commencement of employment in February 2021.

 Demonstrated commitment to and satisfactory progress in the ACEM Training program.

 Demonstrated effective communication skills, clinical skills, judgment and expertise, teamwork, time management and problem solving skills in the clinical setting.

 Demonstrated commitment to quality improvement, patient safety and risk management.

 Evidence of continued professional development and commitment to self-education. Experience and willingness to teach junior medical staff.

Who to contact

Jenny Lawlor ( ED admin assistant) 02 4734 2763

Dr Alan Ritchie ( Co-DEMT)                02 4734 2763


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