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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 30 April 2019
Time: 6.00pm to 7:00pm AEST
Venue:  RACS Sydney

Speaker and topic: 

Dr Peter Harris - Portfolio assessments in medical education

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.



Date: Wednesday 22 May 2019
Time: 6.00pm to 7:00pm AEST
Venue:  RACS Adelaide


Date: Wednesday 12 June 2019
Time: 6.00pm to 7:00pm AEST
Venue:  RACS Melbourne


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


Date: Wednesday 7 August 2019
Time: 6.00pm to 7:00pm AEST
Venue:  RACS Melbourne

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

February - Melbourne

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

Date: Wednesday, 14 February 2018
Time: 6.00pm to 7.30pm
Venue: RACS Melbourne office

Speakers and Topics: 

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

Dr Peter Subramaniam: 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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February - Adelaide

Date: Monday, 26 February 2018
Time: 6.30pm to 7.30pm ACDT
Venue:  RACS SA office 51-54 Palmer Place, North Adelaide

Attending this free session earns 1 CPD point
Light refreshments will be provided
Sessions are also simulcast via webinar

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.

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March - Perth

Date: Thursday, 01 March 2018
Time: 4.00pm to 5:00pm AWST
Venue:  RACS WA office 184 Hampden Road, Nedlands

Speaker and Topic: 

Dr Harsha Chandraratna discusses "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.

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April - Sydney

Date: Thursday, 26 April 2018
Time: 6.00pm to 7:00pm AEST
Venue:  RACS Sydney Office,  Suite 1, Level 26, 201 Kent Street, Sydney 

Speaker and Topic: 

Speaker: Dr Peter Lim

Topic: 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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May - Wellington

Date: Monday, 21 May 2018
Time: 8.00pm to 9:00pm NZST
Venue:  RACS Wellington Office   

Speaker and Topic:

Prof Spencer Beasley

"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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July - Brisbane

Date: Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Time: 6.00pm to 7:00pm AEST
Venue:  RACS Brisbane Office,  

Speaker and Topic:

Prof Mark Smithers

"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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August- Melbourne 

Presented by the Academy of Surgical Educators and University of Melbourne

Date: Wednesday, 08 August 2018

Time: 6.00pm to 7:00pm AEST
Venue: RACS Melbourne - Hughes Room

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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September- Canberra

Date: Tuesday, 11 September 2018
Time: 6.00pm to 7:00pm AEST
Venue:  Auditorium, ANU Medical School, Building 4, The Canberra Hospital, Garran 

Speaker and Topic: 

Dr Sindy Vrancic "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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