Vocational Training

Senior medical staff at Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) supervise medical staff undertaking advanced training in their area of specialty. The various colleges associated with the areas of specialty coordinate the programs. For details of college websites, please visit http://www.drsref.com.au/colleges.html

Training in the following areas is offered at Flinders Medical Centre:
Anaesthesia and Pain Management
Dermatology
Emergency Medicine
General Practice
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Ophthalmology
Paediatrics
Pathology
Physician
Psychiatry
Radiology
Surgery

Anaesthesia and Pain Management

The Department participates in the rotating training scheme for anaesthesia conducted across Adelaide hospitals. Training is accredited for the maximum possible of three years prior to the completion of the Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. Postgraduate fellowship training is also offered.

FMC provides experience in all types of anaesthesia (including neurosurgical, thoracic, cardiac and liver transplantation) and in all age groups from neonates to geriatric patients. Training in acute pain relief is available (obstetrical, postoperative and trauma) plus there is exposure to the Pain Management Unit for chronic pain management. Rotation to the FMC Critical Care Management Unit and hospitals in the Northern Territory is also available. Recently the Department has become the Centre for Simulation in South Australia.

Emergency Medicine

The Department is accredited for two years of advanced training by the Australian College of Emergency Medicine and also for paediatric training in a mixed department. There is a successful teaching program which includes primary and fellowship exam training programs run in conjunction with other Adelaide teaching hospitals plus in house exam preparation and teaching sessions.

General Practice

Flinders Medical Centre provides accredited hospital terms for those enrolled in General Practice training.

Entry into the Australian General Practice training program is done through General Practice Education and Training (GPET), which requires a separate application process.

Registrars enrolled in the program will have an endpoint of training as FRACGP (Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners) and /or FACRRM (Fellow Australian Rural and Remote Medicine).

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

The Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Medicine offers one RANZCOG (Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists) advanced training program position in endogynaecology. The trainee undertakes four weekly advanced laparoscopy operating theatre sessions plus inpatient responsibilities, consulting clinics in gynaecology and obstetrics, and Labour and Delivery Suite supervision.

The Department also offers three RANZCOG integrated training program positions in obstetrics and gynaecology and three registrar positions in obstetrics and gynaecology not accredited for RANZCOG training.

Ophthalmology

The Ophthalmology Department at Flinders Medical Centre is accredited for training in ophthalmology by the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Ophthalmologist (RANZCO). Registrars are appointed annually for a four year training period rotating through accredited teaching hospitals which include The Royal Adelaide Hospital, Repatriation General Hospital, Women's & Children's Hospital, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and Alice Springs Hospital. During this time registrars are exposed to all aspects of ophthalmology.

Paediatrics

The Paediatric Unit and the Neonatal Unit at FMC are accredited by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Division of Paediatrics and Child Health, for both basic and advanced training. Up to two years of basic training - general paediatrics, neonatology, community paediatrics - may be done at FMC. One year fellowships in general paediatrics and in neonatology are available for advanced trainees. Trainees from other college programs, particularly general practice training and emergency medicine training are also able to complete accredited training in paediatrics, usually spending one term in the General Paediatric Unit and one term in the Neonatal Unit.

Pathology

The pathology laboratories of Flinders Medical Centre are accredited by the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia for training in pathology. Training and experience are normally gained on a full time basis, although part-time training may be arranged. A minimum of five years approved training must be completed before admission to Fellowship. Up to one year in research or project work as part of training is encouraged, and accreditation of time spent in more extensive research projects (eg PhD) will be considered on an individual basis. Candidates may present either for examination in a single discipline (anatomical pathology, chemical pathology, haematology, immunology, microbiology or genetics) or for a general examination covering all of the major sub-disciplines.

Physician

Flinders Medical Centre is associated with Repatriation General Hospital in regional basic and advanced physician training that is accredited by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Trainees have exposure to a wide range of clinical units both in basic and advanced training, and are supported with regular tutorials, clinical and radiology teaching meetings, case rounds, and trial exams. FMC is a relaxed, friendly and successful environment for physician training.

Psychiatry

Southern Mental Health is an accredited region for training in psychiatry by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. A minimum of five years approved training must be completed before admission to Fellowship. Registrars are appointed to the training program, annually. Registrars may rotate through a number of units in the southern area including Flinders Medical Centre, the Repatriation General Hospital (RGH), the Noarlunga Health Service inpatient and community teams, the Southern Assessment and Crisis Intervention Service and the Southern Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service. During this time registrars have required rotations to general adult inpatient work, child psychiatry, consultation-liaison psychiatry, community psychiatry and a subspecialty rotation. Available subspecialties in the south include working with eating disorders, anxiety disorders and drug/alcohol. Doctors considering a career in psychiatry should speak with the Director of Training in their local area (Dr Tanya Soetratma for the south based at RGH, Daw Park) and the South Australian Psychiatry Training Centre based at the Glenside Hospital.

Radiology

The Division of Medical Imaging at Flinders Medical Centre is accredited for training in radiology by the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Radiologists. Registrars are appointed annually for a five year training period rotating through accredited teaching hospitals including The Royal Adelaide Hospital, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Women’s & Children’s Hospital and the Royal Darwin Hospital. During this time registrars are exposed to all aspects of medical imaging including CT, MRI, angiography, ultrasound and nuclear medicine.

Surgery

The Division of Surgery at Flinders Medical Centre is accredited for training in both basic surgical training and advanced surgical training by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. The training program is a statewide program rotating through other accredited teaching hospitals including The Royal Adelaide Hospital and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Basic surgical trainees are appointed following internship for a two year structured residency program rotating through surgically based posts. Trainees are exposed to all aspects of surgery including general surgery, plastics surgery, neurosurgery, orthopaedics, vascular and emergency surgery plus critical care medicine.

Advanced surgical training consists of training in an appointed specialty for four or five years. Registrars are appointed annually and rotated through other accredited teaching hospitals including the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Royal Darwin Hospital and are exposed to all aspects of surgical management in their appointed specialty.