Medical Specialities

medical themed imagesSee the listing below of Canberra Hospital Medical Stream rotations.

Cardiology
Gastroenterology and Hepatology
General Medicine
Medical Oncology
Infectious Diseases
Geriatric Medicine
Radiation Oncology
Medical Assessment and Planning Unit (MAPU)
Haematology Rehabilitation Medicine
Renal Medicine
Respiratory and Sleep Medicine
Rheumatology/Immunology/Dermatology
Hospital in the Home (HITH)
Neurology

Cardiology

See the listing below for Cardiology rotations.

Calvary Hospital

  • 24 hour emergency cardiology cover
  • Inpatient Coronary Care Unit
  • Inpatient cardiology ward patients
  • Echocardiogram services
  • Exercise stress testing
  • Cardioversions
  • Outpatient cardiac rehabilitation services
  • Extensive research opportunities on cardiovascular diseases
  • Weekly cardiology clinical meetings, cardiac catheter meetings and ECG interpretation tutorials

Canberra Hospital

  • 24 hour emergency cardiology cover
  • 16 bed inpatient Coronary Care Unit with both acute and subacute areas
  • Inpatient cardiology ward patients
  • Echocardiogram services
  • Exercise stress testing
  • Elective and emergency angiograms and angioplasties
  • Intra-aortic balloon pump insertion exposure
  • Pacemaker insertion (temporary and permanent cardiac pacing) and follow up clinics
  • Outpatient cardiac rehabilitation services
  • Extensive research opportunities on cardiovascular diseases
  • Weekly cardiology clinical meetings, cardiac catheter meetings and ECG interpretation tutorials
  • Daily outpatient sessions

Gastroenterology and Hepatology

  • Inpatient and outpatient management of diseases involving the liver and gastrointestinal tract
  • Exposure to various endoscopic procedures eg colonoscopy, polypectomy, ERCP, upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, ultrasound guided liver biopsy, ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration of masses, small bowel series and barium enemas
  • Weekly pathology meetings
  • Weekly radiology meetings
  • Daily outpatient clinics
  • Weekly unit teaching meetings
  • Extensive opportunities for involvement in research

General Medicine

The following rotations are available in General Medicine.

Goulburn Hospital

  • Two general medical teams - each team supervised by physicians with sub-speciality interests including gastroenterology, respiratory medicine and cardiology
  • Inpatient workload and opportunity to participate in outpatients if interested
  • JMOs liaise directly with consultants
  • Day to day involvement in the care of ICU patients liaising closely with physicians and anaesthetists
  • Exposure to procedures such as lumbar punctures, pleural aspirations, ascitic taps, bronchoscopies, endotracheal intubation in theatre lists
  • Weekly tutorial sessions
  • Weekly clinical meetings

Bega Hospital

  • The unit is run by a general physician and seven general practitioners and general practice registrars
  • JMOs manage patients in high dependency unit in direct consultation with physicians and an Intensivist
  • Exposure to aboriginal health
  • Exposure to procedures such as pleural aspirates, abdominal paracentesis, elective cardio-version, non-invasive ventilation, ECG stress tests
  • Weekly case presentations
  • Weekly teaching sessions
  • Exposure to bronchoscopies

Calvary Hospital

  • Five general medical teams - each team supervised by physicians with sub-speciality interests including gastroenterology, respiratory medicine, cardiology, rheumatology, infectious diseases and geriatrics
  • Inpatient workload and opportunity to participate in outpatients if interested
  • Daily handover teaching rounds
  • Weekly JMO tutorials on top of weekly JMO education sessions
  • Weekly grand rounds
  • Exposure to cardioversions in coronary care
  • Exposure to endoscopies – exposure to common procedures such as nasogastric tube insertion, bladder catheterisation, defibrillation
  • Weekly long case and short case sessions with VMOs for PREP trainees
  • Monthly radiology teaching sessions

Medical Oncology

  • Expanding unit providing expert medical care for inpatients and outpatients (including rural outreach clinics) with various oncological disorders
  • Exposure to common malignancies such as breast cancer, lung cancer, bowel cancer, prostate cancer and gynaecological cancers
  • Opportunity to train in chemotherapy write ups and managing patients with complications arising from therapy
  • Exposure to management of emergencies such as febrile neutropenia, spinal cord compression, superior vena cava obstruction, hypercalcaemia
  • Exposure to a wide range of procedures including pleural taps and insertion of intracostal drains, abdominal paracentesis, lumbar puncture and PICC line insertion
  • Daily outpatient clinics
  • Extensive multidisciplinary and multi-team (palliative care, radiation oncology) involvement
  • Weekly journal clubs and academic meetings
  • Weekly combined radiology and pathology meetings to ensure holistic approach to patient care
  • Extensive opportunities for involvement in research

Infectious Diseases

  • A unit run by supervisors with extensive experience in undergraduate and postgraduate education
  • Provides inpatient and outpatient care for patients with a wide range of infectious diseases
  • Opportunities to attend outpatient clinics
  • Extensive involvement with patients discharged to Hospital in the Home which provides hospital level care to patients living at home
  • Weekly face to face appointments with term supervisor to discuss long cases if requested by JMO
  • Exposure to performing various procedures such as lumbar punctures.
  • Opportunities to be involved in research not just in infectious diseases but also in medical education
  • Weekly infectious diseases meetings give JMOs the opportunity to present interesting cases
  • Weekly radiology meetings
  • Opportunity to be involved in the management of patients with sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS
  • For those interested in microbiology, special laboratory sessions can be organised
  • Extensive opportunities for involvement in research

Geriatric Medicine

  • 26 bed inpatient unit
  • Multidisciplinary care of elderly patients with complex, multi-system medical issues
  • Unit provides a wide range of experience in acute general medical, surgical and psychogeriatric management and geriatric rehabilitation
  • Weekly falls clinics
  • Daily outpatient clinics – exposure to comprehensive geriatric assessment and cognitive assessment
  • Exposure to geriatrics syndromes – dementia, delirium, falls, osteoporosis, incontinence, mood disorders, capacity assessments and guardianship legislation
  • Exposure to procedures – nasogastric tube insertions, pleural taps and abdominal paracentesis
  • Weekly unit education meetings – enables JMOs to practice public speaking and presentation skills
  • Regular journal clubs
  • Weekly radiology meetings
  • Extensive opportunities for involvement in research
  • Three monthly morbidity and mortality meetings

Radiation Oncology

  • Unit provides care for inpatients and outpatients in ACT and regional NSW
  • Exposure to procedures including pleural taps and insertion of intercostal drains, abdominal paracentesis, lumbar puncture and seroma aspirations
  • Exposure to different radiation modalities including brachytherapy
  • Weekly audit meetings
  • Weekly multidisciplinary meetings with other units including plastics, urology and respiratory medicine
  • Weekly journal clubs
  • Weekly radiation pathology meetings
  • Weekly outpatient clinics
  • Extensive opportunities for involvement in research

Medical Assessment and Planning Unit (MAPU)

  • 16 bed general medical unit providing care for patients with undifferentiated medical conditions
  • 10 bed short stay surgical care for patients with undifferentiated surgical conditions
  • Unit is staffed by supervisors with an interest in general medicine
  • Supervisors also have special interests in geriatric medicine, infectious diseases, cardiology, respiratory medicine and gastroenterology
  • Exposure to multidisciplinary assessments
  • Term emphasises the importance of safe handover to ensure safe transition of patient care to other ward medical teams
  • Weekly radiology meetings
  • Weekly geriatric unit meetings
  • Extensive opportunities for involvement in research

Haematology

  • A dynamic department that runs both an inpatient and outpatient unit to deal with various haematological malignancies and other haematological disorders
  • Exposure to autologous stem cell transplantation for malignant and disorders
  • Opportunities to perform procedures such as lumbar punctures with intrathecal chemotherapy administration, paracentesis, thoracocentesis, central line insertions, PICC line insertions and bone marrow biopsies
  • Unit has regular haematology laboratory meetings to ensure JMOs get exposure to the pathology of haematological disorders
  • Daily outpatient clinics fully supervised by haematologists
  • Exposure to a busy day clinic that manages the administration of chemotherapeutic agents and exposure to facilities for plasmapheresis
  • Exposure to patients referred to the Hospital in the Home program
  • A weekly clinical haematology meeting allows JMOs the opportunity to practice presentation skills
  • Opportunities to be involved in clinical research in haematology

Rehabilitation Medicine

  • A 20 bed unit at Canberra Hospital and a 28 bed unit at Calvary Hospital provide rehabilitation needs for inpatients and outpatients in ACT
  • Rehabilitation Independent Living Unit (RILU) provides outpatient rehabilitation
  • Exposure to neurovascular rehabilitation, stroke rehabilitation, amputee rehabilitation, multi-trauma, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord medicine, traumatic brain injury and geriatric rehabilitation
  • Weekly journal club meetings
  • Weekly neurology and neurosurgical meetings
  • Weekly multidisciplinary meetings
  • Opportunity to attend unit meetings throughout the hospital

Renal Medicine

  • A dynamic unit providing inpatient and outpatient care for patients with renal diseases
  • Extensive exposure to inpatient dialysis and satellite dialysis units
  • Management of patients on renal replacement therapy
  • Exposure to renal transplantation and management of patients on immunosuppressive therapy
  • Renal transplant surgeries conducted in Sydney but are transferred to Canberra for the immediate postoperative period
  • Combined kidney/pancreas transplants also performed in a similar manner
  • Weekly radiology meetings
  • Monthly pathology meetings
  • Daily outpatient clinics including hypertension clinics
  • Exposure to renal biopsies
  • Extensive opportunities for involvement in research

Respiratory and Sleep Medicine

  • Unit provides comprehensive investigative and therapeutic services for inpatients and outpatients
  • Inpatient sleep laboratory allows for opportunities to interpret complex sleep studies
  • Exposure to procedures like pleurocentesis and bronchoscopy
  • Weekly radiology meetings
  • Weekly multidisciplinary meetings with oncology/radiation oncology department.
  • Weekly journal clubs
  • Daily outpatient clinics
  • Extensive opportunities for involvement in research

Rheumatology/Immunology/Dermatology

  • Unit provides inpatient and outpatient care for patients with rheumatological, immunological and dermatological conditions
  • Exposure to procedures such as knee/shoulder joint aspirations, skin biopsies, skin allergy testing and cryotherapy
  • Daily outpatient clinics in rheumatology, immunology (adult and paediatric), dermatology
  • Weekly teaching sessions
  • Extensive opportunities for involvement in research

Hospital in the Home (HITH)

  • Innovative unit is run by infectious diseases consultant
  • Unit provides hospital level care to patients living at home
  • Involves the care of both long stay inpatients being treated at home and day only patients who require regular infusions
  • Exposure to complex medical conditions including inflammatory bowel disease and vasculitides
  • Education by term supervisors in the management of adverse drug reactions.
  • Extensive exposure to procedures including PICC line insertion, lumbar punctures and abdominal paracentesis
  • Weekly radiology meetings
  • Ability to attend weekly infectious diseases meetings
  • JMOs can organise to attend sexual health clinics if interested

Neurology

  • Expanding unit providing expert care for patients with neurological disorders
  • Includes inpatient stroke unit
  • Daily outpatients clinics
  • Weekly journal clubs
  • Weekly radiology meetings
  • Supervisors are extensively involved in teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate trainees
  • Exposure to a clinical neurophysiology service which provides JMOs the opportunity to learn EEG and EMG interpretation
  • Extensive opportunities for involvement in research

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