Final year emergency medicine placements in Bendigo
Jessica Elliott, Dr Mark Putland, Sian James
Undertake a final year rotation in emergency medicine in Bendigo with the School of Rural Health Bendigo and Bendigo Health.
Rotation: Emergency Medicine
Where: Bendigo Health
The Emergency Department is staffed 24 hours a day by a roster comprising 12 consultant emergency physicians, four senior medical officers, nine emergency medicine registrars, 14 residents and interns and six physiotherapists.
There is a long tradition of Year 5D medical students being part of the Bendigo Emergency Department team. As a final year student you role is to function at intern level and learn to take practical responsibility for patient assessments, decision making and implementation of management plans. This is a hands-on and active role which immerses the student in the workload of the unit. You will work under the supervision of a consultant emergency physician and will be allocated your own patients.
The department runs an active teaching program for undergraduates, junior doctors, registrars and consultants that includes weekly half day teaching with a consultant emergency physician.
There are also separate teaching programs for students through Monash and for residents and registrars in the hospital.
From 2015 there will be four pre-intern positions in the Emergency Department. These positions are entrenched within the team and are fully integrated members with specific responsibilities that are appropriate for students preparing for independent practice as interns. The student will make an initial assessment (with early contact with the supervising consultant within 30 minutes), organize investigations, coordinate treatment, make referrals, organize discharge, keep patients well informed, and adequately document their patient encounter.
Students are also expected to engage in procedures both in resuscitation and fast track area where they may be under the supervision of a registrar or resident. This is done in an opportunistic way as cases present.
Students are encouraged to present a topic or a small audit to the formal Emergency Department education session each term.