The following information has been prepared by our GP Liaison Officer to assist GPs and GP registrars seeking a clinical attachment at The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.
We are pleased to inform you that we have limited capacity for GPs and GP registrars to observe and shadow our doctors in the Emergency Department, Acute Ophthalmology Service or Acute ENT clinic for a period of half a day or up to 1 week from mid February to mid December each year. Doctors who have undertaken a placement have found this a useful and rewarding learning experience. Many have also successfully applied for RACGP category 1 points or ACRRM points in recognition of their learning experience. Please note that all placements are subject to availability and must be approved by the Head of the relevant clinic.
A clinical attachment is an opportunity to observe one or more doctors in our Specialised Emergency Department, Acute Ophthalmology clinic or Acute ENT clinic. Generally, you will meet with a senior Consultant who will act as your supervisor and familiarise you with staff and equipment and answer any queries. They will arrange for you to shadow one of the doctors on clinic. As an observer, you will not be permitted to treat patients as you are not indemnified. If observing in the Emergency Department, it is highly recommended that clinical observers attend the medical handover at 7.45am Monday to Friday.
The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital Emergency Department has approximately 44,000 episodes of care each year of which two thirds are ophthalmic conditions and one third ENT. Sixty percent of all Victorian eye emergencies are seen in our Emergency Department.
Cases per year:
Penetrating eye injury
Acute angle closure
Corneal foreign body
Posterior vitreous detachment
Cases per year:
Post tonsillar haemorrhage
Sudden sensorineural hearing loss
You must be a registered medical practitioner (proof of AHPRA registration will be required). All attachments are subject to availability and require approval by the Head of Unit. You must sign a confidentiality agreement.
For Observers attending less than 5 working days, a Statutory Declaration is required to be completed stating that you do not have any criminal convictions or matters pending in relation to offences involving children and/or drugs. For observers seeking a period of observership greater than 5 working days, a Police History/Clearance Certificate not older than 3 months is required.
Send an Expression of Interest to Kerryn Baker (see below). Detail your preferred dates and availabilities, your learning objectives, any specific skills you hope to observe and also if you wish to observe in one or more of our clinics. Please nominate which clinic(s), or nominate the Emergency Department, or both. Dates and specialties are subject to availability. However, we will endeavor to coordinate with our ED Director or a member of our Senior Medical Staff. Attachments on weekends or public holidays, or during mid December through to mid February are not offered.
Previous observers have applied for and received ACRRM points and/or RACGP QI&CPD points.
Observers must arrange their own points and complete their own application forms. Some of this must be done prior to the attachment and others brought with you for comments and signing by your attachment supervisor.
Please refer to the RACGP website for forms and requirements for application for category 1 points (40 points) for a “Supervised Clinical Attachment”. Note that a minimum of 10 contact hours is required to qualify for this. Alternately, GPs may self-record up to 10 hours of nonaccredited education for category 2 points (2 points per hour).
We value your feedback, so once you have completed your GP clinical observership, please complete the questionnaire survey monkey. This will help us to improve the program and provide feedback to staff. www.surveymonkey.com/s/678PT2R