Taste Country. Michelle Harvey MEO, Postgraduate Medical Education Unit First up are the Facts • There is no ‘typical profile’ WACHS patient. • You don’t have to move to the country permanently. Establishing your Expectations It’s important that you are realistic about your expectations and consider what WACHS is able to deliver in return: • Ask questions. • Read the information provided to you carefully. • Clarify your needs, wants and goals before applying. So, Why Choose Country? The experience. The opportunity. The advantage. Is living in the country for you? What aspect of clinical practice has engaged your interest? What are the resources available to you when you’re away from the metro hospitals, and how does that impact on patients in your care? You’ll experience a whole new approach to medicine. You’ll be a central part of your local community. You’ll benefit from the mentoring and support of a committed clinical supervisor. You’ll be exposed to the challenges of a small team working in a multi-disciplinary environment with limited resources. You’ll gain from an educational program tailor-made to your professional development requirements. You’ll enjoy the natural attractions of the regions in your time away from work. Where will the journey take you? • Bunbury, Albany, Kalgoorlie, Broome, Geraldton or Port Hedland. • WACHS offers intern, resident and registrar positions across these sites. Areas of specialty include Emergency, General Medicine and Surgery, Psychiatry, Paediatrics and Orthopaedics. • There are also shared positions available, including PGPPP. The WACHS PMEU supports DITs and clinical supervisors to ensure education and training needs are met in regional areas. What terms are on offer in 2015? Fiona Stanley Hospital o 1, 2, 3 or 4 rotations in Albany o 1 or 2 rotations in Broome Royal Perth Hospital o 1 rotation in Kalgoorlie or Port Hedland o 1 or 4 rotations in Bunbury Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital o 1 or 2 rotations in Geraldton or Port Hedland How do you apply? If you are an intern, apply through the central recruitment process to one of the PEHS. (Intern applications for 2015 will open on 5th May and close 6th June 2014). Specify that you wish to apply for a WACHS position and indicate which position you want, and the length of placement you’re seeking. Present a competitive application with cover letter, resume and statement fully addressing the selection criteria. Be aware that each applicant is judged on merit. Planning ahead, you should be aware that WACHS is a direct employer of RMOs: you can sign up for 6-12 months or, if seconded, rotate to a regional site for 1-4 terms. Future rural career options The concept behind the Rural Practice Pathway is to facilitate the training and development of junior doctors who wish to become rural practitioners, starting from their student years through to the College Fellowship stage. Possible rural career pathways include: o GP o GP with advanced procedural skills o General specialist in ED, paediatrics, medicine, surgery, O&G, anaesthetics and psychiatry. Where can I find out more? http://www.ruralhealthwest.com.au/futureworkforce/choose-country/rural-practicepathway-map E: [email protected] https://www.facebook.com/PMEU.WACOUNTRY Go. See. Grow.