Education at Monash Children’s Hospital
No matter where you are in your learning journey, Monash Children’s Hospital has excellent medical education offerings for prevocational doctors, paediatric trainees (basic and advanced) and for those already with specialist qualifications.
Programs and events
At morning handover, 3-5 days per week residents and registrars present an interesting and relevant topic to each other concisely. It takes a lot of work to distil complex information into a five minute presentation!
Every unit has a joint clinical and radiology meeting to discuss imaging from the last week. This is both a teaching and learning exercise as well as a helpful clinical meeting.
Unit-based clinical meetings
Each unit has a clinical meeting most weeks, generally involving doctors, nurses and allied health professionals. This is both a teaching and learning exercise as well as a helpful clinical meeting.
Each unit has a journal club that runs either weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Journal clubs are a longstanding medical tradition in which doctors present to each other papers from peer review literature. It is how they keep up to date with the most recent published information.
Weekly educational events
In addition to these unit and team-based activities, we offer weekly educational events, including:
- Tuesdays and Fridays, 12.30-1.30pm: Resident Medical Officer and registrar tutorial
These are tutorials with two main foci – being either ‘survival skills’ (what you need to know in your daily work on the ward) or broader professional skill development opportunities.
- Wednesdays, 12.30-1.30pm: Research meeting
Research meetings help to set Monash Children’s Hospital apart as a tertiary paediatric hospital. They enable trainees, senior medical staff and invited guests to present their research at our Wednesday Research meeting, encouraging a culture of questioning around improving health and wellbeing. Through participation in discussion around research our doctors gain a better understanding of illness or treatment.
- Thursdays, 12.30-1.30pm (with lunch from 12.10pm): Grand Rounds
Grand Rounds are also a longstanding medical tradition. They aim to promote and showcase excellence in clinical care, research and teaching at Monash Children’s Hospital. They inform clinicians about advancements in clinical care and medicine-related science and provide a forum for discussion of topics of importance to Monash Children’s Hospital and health in general. They are also a forum for networking across units and disciplines within Monash Children’s Hospital. Presentations inspire, educate and entertain. Their learning objectives are in the domains of knowledge, skills, professional qualities and patient care. The standard is at the level of conference plenary or invited update/ presentation.
The Annual Paediatric Update: Clinical Conundrums
This is a showpiece for Monash Children’s Hospital and attracts mainly Victorian paediatricians and trainees, but also some from interstate and New Zealand. Held in late May or early June each year and dovetailing with the Royal Children’s Hospital paediatric update, our Paediatric Update: Clinical Conundrums poses questions for experts to address in highly clinically focused answers. This update is growing in popularity with attendances increasing by about 10% annually.
Exam preparation tutorials: select Saturdays, 9.15-11.15am
This is a tradition which in 2017 is in its 46th year, begun by Professor Arthur Clark at Queen Victoria Hospital and continued at Monash Children’s Hospital to this day. Thanks to the generosity of our patients’ and senior medical staff, in the lead up to the RACP paediatric clinical exam, candidates have a ‘hot’ long and short case practice, and a didactic tutorial on physical examination.
For paediatric trainees
We expect all advanced trainees employed for six months or more to complete a research project at Monash Children’s Hospital. See the Monash Children’s Hospital research pages and speak with your supervisor(s) regarding this.
Below is a list of links and resources we find useful, mainly for medical education. If our links are useful to you we suggest making this page a ‘favourite’.
- RACP FEAT Program (further education and training, login required)
- RACP written exam preparation lecture series, video conferenced from the Royal Children’s Hospital (if relevant to you, please contact the Royal Children’s Hospital Director of Education).
- Monash Doctors Education
- Monash Learning System
- Amee – Links and resources
- American Academy on Communication on Healthcare – DocCom
- BMC Medical Education
- Life in the Fast Lane – Free Open Access Meducation
- MedEd – How to guides
- Monash Institute for Health and Clinical Education