Junior doctors trial app to enhance education

Junior doctors trial app to enhance education

The Osler Clinical Performance Platform is now being trialled with junior doctors at Mackay Base Hospital, aimed at further enhancing their educational experience.

Osler is an online portal that provides a consistent framework for recording, analysing, monitoring and benchmarking the performance of clinical staff.

Executive Director Research and Innovation Associate Professor Dr David Farlow said Mackay Base Hospital is the only Queensland Health facility to trial the platform with junior doctors.

Competency in practice - a podcast with Dr Chris Farmer

Dr Chris Farmer is a career intensivist and a former president of the Society of Critical Care Medicine in the US, so he knows a thing or two about competency in ICU.

In this broad ranging interview, he chats to me about his interest in the area, how we can measure and define competency, and where the future lies in this important topic

Here's the interview

How many of these have you done?

How many of these have you done?

A recent opinion piece in the Journal of the American Medical Association drew attention to the issue of procedural experience in healthcare.

Titled “How many have you done?”, the piece described the experience of a doctor who required a procedure herself, in this case, an amniocentesis.

Of course, what the patient was really asking is, “How can I be reassured you know what you are doing?”

Skills decline - a problem on the rise

Skills decline - a problem on the rise

In the 2-year course of our Osler journey, my business partner Jeff has said to many time who in the hospital he’d want looking after him if he needed a procedure performed : the senior registrar.

As Jeff sees it, senior registrars are about as sharp skills-wise as they are ever going to get.  They do the most procedures, they learned the most recently and they are yet to be cloaked by an air of invincibility.

And he’s not far off the mark.

Staying up-to-date can be difficult.  That's why Osler is making it easy.

Staying up-to-date can be difficult.  That's why Osler is making it easy.

Staying abreast of the latest literature is traditionally very difficult for most practicing clinicians.

There is a seemingly endless array of journals and papers, some of which may or may not be relevant.  For the hardworking clinical staff performing day to day care for patients, it’s almost impossible to detect signal from noise.

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