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Academy of Surgical Educators presents
2019 Educator Studio Sessions

The Academy of Surgical Educators will be hosting a number of Educator Studio Sessions (ESS) around Australia and New Zealand in 2019. The recording for 2018 ESS are available below.

This series of 1 hour sessions help to provide a deeper understanding of the issues and topics that matter to you, our surgical educators. We are leading the way in Surgical Education and exploring themes in Surgical Education, one at a time. Attendees will receive 1 CPD point for every ESS.


Date: Tuesday 23 July 2019
Time: 6.00pm to 7:00pm AEST
Venue:  RACS Brisbane

Speaker and topic: 

Prof Deborah Bailey: Small furry animals - Work-based assessments in surgical training

Deborah Bailey is a graduate of the University of Queensland and entered practice in Brisbane before commencing the first resident paediatric surgery service on the Gold Coast.

The journey from medical student to surgeon, and the choices that create professionalism and balance in a surgeon's career have driven Deborah's interest in education and surgical competence.  Taking the journey from instructor in ASSET and EMST/EMSB to NOTSS to now being a facilitator in OWR face to face, FSSE and TIPS; Deborah is also commencing her term as the Chair of the Qld State Committee and is a Paediatric Fellowship Examiner.  Previous college roles include inaugural executive member of the Surgical Directors Section of RACS, Chair of the Paediatric Surgery Education and Training Board, President of ANZ Association of Paediatric Surgeons, and member of the RACS Professional Standards and Development Board

During Deborah's time as a member and Chair of the Board of Paediatric Surgery, competency-based curriculum and assessments were introduced and developed.  Feedback in training and the role of work-based assessments remains a focus of interest and will be the topic of the Surgical Educator Session.



Date: Wednesday 7 August 2019
Time: 6.00pm to 7:30pm AEST
Venue:  RACS Melbourne

Speakers and topics:

  • Dr Annette Holian: Looking back to feed forward: Maintaining currency of short courses offered by professional bodies
  • Mr Jeremy Simcock: Stress of the operating theatre environment and its effect on the learning of surgical trainees

About Dr Annette Holian:

Annette Holian is a consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma surgeon and was elected to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Council effective May 2016. She currently holds the RACS External Affairs portfolio covering Global Health and the RACS Annual Scientific Congress. 

She has served on the RACS Trauma and EMST committees for many years and is the Chair of the Military Surgery section. As a reservist in the Royal Australian Air Force, she holds the rank of Group Captain and is the Clinical Director for Surgery and Perioperative Services for RAAF. Accepted into orthopaedic surgical training in 1986, her experiences both in training and beyond are a driving force behind her continued support for younger women in surgery.

Initially practising at Monash Medical Centre with specialization in Paediatric orthopaedics, she embraced the opportunity to visit PNG as a volunteer surgeon. It was there that she first provided medical care following a tsunami in July 1998. She joined the RAAF in 2000, and subsequently shifted towards trauma surgery with a seven-year period as a fulltime orthopaedic and trauma surgeon at The Alfred.   Most of her career has been in public hospitals with a 12 month research and writing position in Geneva with the International Committee of the Red Cross in 2015-16. She is currently employed at Monash Children's Hospital and recently completed her Masters of Surgical Education through the University of Melbourne. Her career focus has shifted over time but has always been directed at improving access to surgery for those in need. 


About Mr Jeremy Simcock:

Jeremy Simcock is a consultant plastic surgeon and senior lecturer with the University of Otago, Christchurch.

He teaches undergraduates and postgraduate plastic surgery and convenes a 4th year medical student module.

His research interests include skin cancer, hand surgery and surgical education.



New Zealand

Date: Tuesday 20 August 2019
Time: 6.00pm to 7:00pm AEST
Venue:  TBA


Date: Wednesday 16 October 2019
Time: 6.00pm to 7:00pm AEST
Venue:  TBA

If you would like to watch recordings of previous Educator Studio Sessions, please see webinar recordings (RACS login required).

Past Sessions

14 February 2018 - Melbourne

In collaboration with the University of Melbourne, this session featured graduates of the 2017 Masters of Surgical Education:

Speakers and Topics: 

Dr Raymond Yap FRACS: Colonoscopy Simulation: Criterion Validity using Direct Observation of Procedural Skills

Dr Peter Subramaniam FRACS: The Influence of Trust on Learning by SET Trainees

Dr Jade Acton: "In the Mind's Eye" How is Mental Practice Used and Taught by Expert Gynaecologic Surgeons?

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26 February 2018 - Adelaide

Speaker and Topic: 

Dr Grant Phelps: Lessons learned about Clinical Leadership for Quality and Safety

Grant is the Director of Clinical Governance for Central Adelaide Local Health Network. He brings extensive clinical experience as a Gastroenterologist/Physician and has led safety and quality and leadership initiatives at state, national and professional level. He has an academic role in Clinical Leadership with Deakin University, reflecting long held view that clinicians of all types must be take responsibility for their individual and collective leadership for themselves, their organisations and most importantly, for their patients. The other guiding force in Grant's thinking is that change is inevitable in healthcare - there's no point fighting it. Rather, clinicians are wise to jump into it and embrace it. No other industry setting fights change like healthcare. Grant has consulted widely to government and industry on clinical leadership and clinical engagement. If he could do 3 things for healthcare systems, Grant would help them to understand why they exist, to ensure that their governance reflects their purpose, and to put patients in the driving seat.

Recording is not available for this

1 March 2018 - Perth

Speaker and Topic: 

Dr Harsha Chandraratna FRACS: Surgical Training - Finding the missing link

Dr Chandraratna was born in Sri Lanka and moved to Tasmania (1974), and then to Perth (1980). He is a graduate of the University of Western Australia and after surgical training was made a RACS Fellow in 2001. He undertook post fellowship training in Perth and then in Leeds (UK). He specialises in Liver and Kidney Transplantation, as well as Bariatric Surgery.
He is currently a supervisor and a trainer for RACS and a senior lecturer for University of Notre Dame.
He understands that there is more to surgery than just technical skills and that becomes very apparent when you meet him.

Recording is not available for this

26 April 2018 - Sydney

Speaker and Topic: 

Dr Peter Lim: BPTOK: A well-being program for trainees.

Dr Peter Lim is a Gastroenterology Staff Specialist and the Medical Director of Intestinal Failure at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. He is the current Network Director of Physician Training for the RPA Basic Physician Training Network and the Director of Medical Education for the hospital. He was previously the chair of the Doctors-in-Training Committee of the AMA (NSW) has a long-standing interest in junior doctor education and advocacy.

BPTOK is a pilot being trialed in the Royal Prince Alfred Basic Physician Training Network. It aims to provide trainees with the skills needed to look after their physical and psychological health throughout their training as well as the rest of their careers.

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21 May 2018 - Wellington

Speaker and Topic:

Prof Spencer Beasley FRACS:  How do perceptions around the attractiveness of specialties, and how might unconscious biases in selection for training, affect gender equity?

Prof Spencer Beasley is a member of the Male Champion of Change STEM group and has been actively involved in increasing diversity in surgery. He is a former Vice President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and former Chair of its Governance and Advocacy committee, during which time he worked towards the full implementation of the recommendations of the Expert Advisory Group on DBSH. He has a research interest in measuring and reducing unintentional bias in medicine. He is a Professor of Paediatric Surgery, Christchurch School of Medicine, University of Otago, and the Clinical Director of the Department of Paediatric Surgery, Christchurch Hospital, New Zealand. 

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25 July 2018 - Brisbane

Speaker and Topic:

Prof Mark Smithers FRACS: Role Models and Surgical Training

Mark is a surgeon with an active clinical and academic practice who has been involved with registrar training and assessment in the clinic, as the chair of a regional training subcommittee and college examiner. He has been a member of the board and faculty of the EMST course and had been on the faculty of the TIPS course. He is the Mayne Professor of Surgery and head of the Discipline of Surgery at the University of Queensland. He has been closely associated with undergraduate teaching and assessment at the University of Queensland and has been an external examiner for the final year undergraduate examinations at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of the United Arab Emirates.

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8 August 2018 - Melbourne 

Presented by the Academy of Surgical Educators and University of Melbourne

Speaker and Topic:

Dr Gabriel Reedy (UK):  Dismantling Teamwork to Build Better Teams: Analysing Team Behaviour in Healthcare

Effective teamwork is critical to safe patient care across different healthcare settings. Indeed, surgery was one of the early healthcare disciplines to embrace human factors as a way of improving the care we provide for our patients. Checklists and other tools help us to get purchase on some aspects of teamwork, but our group was interested in understanding the complex, nuanced, and situated ways in which teams interact over time in a patient interaction. In this talk, I will present our validated observational teamwork behaviour framework, which is based on healthcare practice, applicable across a variety of healthcare contexts, and can be used to capture temporal aspects of team dynamics. I will also present some of the data we have gathered from using the tool with healthcare teams, and discuss some of the ways that this approach can help us think differently about teamwork in healthcare. Dr Gabriel Reedy is a learning scientist and clinical educator at King's College London, where he is programme director for the Masters in Clinical Education. He is a Chartered Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, as well as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators, where he sits on the governing Council and is Chair of the Education Committee. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and sits on the Research Committee of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. His research focuses on how interprofessional clinical teams work-and learn-to care for patients, often in simulated environments.

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11 September 2018 - Canberra

Speaker and Topic: 

Dr Sindy Vrancic FRACS: AOA21 - a shift from time-based to competency-based surgical training program

Dr. Vrancic is a fully qualified orthopaedic surgeon and upper limb specialist. She studied at Flinders University in South Australia and gained her undergraduate degree in Medicine and Surgery in 1995. Since then she has completed a Master's Degree in Sports Medicine and in January 2008 has gained admission into RACS. Dr. Vrancic has also completed a Fellowship in the field of Upper Limb Surgery and has worked as a Upper Limb Surgeon in Canberra since 2009. She delivers specialist orthopaedic trauma services to The Canberra Hospital.

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13 February 2019 - Melbourne

This session featured graduates of the Masters of Surgical Education:

Speakers and topics:

Dr Sean Stevens: Surgical education and training in Timor-Leste: what are the challenges and how are they interrelated?

Dr Ian Incoll FRACS: Evaluation of The Effect of a Smartphone-Based Feedback App on Trainees and Trainers in Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr Rhiannon Bousounis FRACS: Evaluation of SEAM in General Surgery: opinions on an e-learning curriculum

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7 March 2019 - Canberra

Speaker and topic:

Prof Russell Gruen FRACS: Harnessing technology in surgical training and continuing education

Professor Russell Gruen is the newly appointed Dean of the College of Health and Medicine at The Australian National University (ANU), and is soon to join the Department of Surgery at The Canberra Hospital. Professor Gruen brings a wealth of experience in medical education, research and clinical practice.

Most recently he was Executive Director of the NTU Institute of Health Technologies and the founding Professor of Surgery at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He was previously Professor of Surgery and Public Health at Monash University, Director of the National Trauma Research Institute and a trauma surgeon at The Alfred Hospital.

The focus of his work has been on trauma systems, haemorrhage and brain injury management, and access to safe surgery globally. He has published over 200 peer reviewed publications and two books. Among his many awards are an NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship, the 2013 RACS John Mitchell Crouch Fellowship, the General Surgeons Australia Medal, and the Victorian RACS GJ Royal Medal, and he was twice PBL Tutor of the year at Monash University.

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30 April 2019 - Sydney

Speaker and topic:

Dr Peter Harris: Using portfolios for programmatic assessments

Dr. Peter Harris is a Senior Lecturer in Medical Education at the University of New South Wales.  He co-ordinates the medical Faculty's Assessment Development and Evaluation Working Party and continues to work part time as a general practitioner.  He was convenor of the Masters Program in Clinical Education at UNSW and supervised Masters and PhD candidates.

His research interests include influencing professional behaviour, teaching and assessment in workplace settings and programmatic assessment. Peter has been engaged in medical and health professional education and development in the Asia Pacific region for 20 years and is currently working with a Medical University in Myanmar on curriculum re-development.

He has been heavily involved in rebuilding the UNSW undergraduate medical program to an outcomes based program driven by a portfolio based on linked assessments.  He has advised a number of specialist Colleges on curriculum and assessment, was an International advisor for the 2015 re-writing of CanMEDS and is a member of the International Collaboration on Competence Based Medical Education.  

He is Chair of the Population Heath and Ethics panel for the AMC Assessment Committee

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22 May 2019 - Adelaide

Speaker and topic:

Mr Guy Rees FRACS: Training surgeons from neophyte to expert: The impact of allostatic load

Guy is a Consultant Otorhinolaryngologist in Adelaide, and has been a Senior Lecturer in Surgery, University of Adelaide since 1998. He holds specialist recognition in ENT in Australasia and in the UK, and is a Clinical Academic Specialist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital. He has fellowship experience in Head and Neck Surgery and has been Chairman of the RAH Multidisciplinary Clinic in Head and Neck Cancer since 1998. He has been Director of Training in ENT surgery for 5 years, and remains part of the state training executive. Currently, Guy is Vice Chairman of the RACS Clinical Examination Committee.

Guy is a Leading Cancer Specialist in Head and Neck Oncology in South Australia and practices through his rooms at the Memorial Hospital and at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. He has been an Executive Board member of the Australian and New Zealand Head and Neck Society for 7 years, and as Chairman of the RAH Multidisciplinary Clinic for Head and Neck Cancer since 1998. He is co-author of the South Australian Pathway for care of Patients with Head and Neck Cancer.

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