- On May 6, 2020
- May / June 2020
Training: What happens Next?
Doctors-in-training face several unique challenges in the COVID-19 crisis, with issues around training, assessments and examinations creating uncertainty for many.
OUR DOCTORS-IN-TRAINING Committee meetings this year have been well attended and have provided a forum for our DIT members to share their experiences at their hospitals and help shape AMA advocacy on issues COVID and non-COVID. As one would expect, the last couple of meetings have been largely focused on COVID issues.
As the pandemic evolves, so too have the issues of concern for our members.
AMA has been regularly meeting with the Ministry and advocating on behalf of DITs regarding a range of issues including:
- The availability and appropriate use of PPE;
- Accommodation for medical practitioners working in our public hospital system who are required to self-isolate because of contact with a known COVID-19 case or because they are unwell;
- Freezing of rotations and variations in the application of this policy in some LHDs;
- Recruitment and training during the pandemic.
The Workplace Relations Team has been assisting DITs with issues including access to and payment for COVID leave and rostering arrangements during the pandemic.
Many Colleges and Associations have updated their advice to trainees regarding progression through training, assessments and examinations. Federal AMA have put together a resource that summarises the position across the different training programs.
We are also liaising with GP Synergy concerning arrangements for GP Registrars.
Many DITs are working on the COVID-19 frontline and / or facing uncertainty as training is disrupted, assessments and examinations are postponed and rescheduled, and rotations are put on hold. It is important to reach out for support during this time. Make sure you are looking after your health. While many younger members of the profession may not have yet established a relationship with a treating general practitioner, now is the time to do so. They will be there to care for you throughout your career.
The Doctors Health Advisory Service operates a telephone Help Line to provide personal advice to practitioners and students facing difficulties.
Please get in touch with the Workplace Relations Team on firstname.lastname@example.org if you are experiencing any issues in your workplace. Please also make a note of the next Doctors-in-Training Committee meeting which will take place on 21 May 2020 at 7pm. All meetings take place via Zoom and all DIT members of AMA (NSW) are welcome to attend.