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Junior doctors show off skills

Thursday 19 December 2019

Ritvik Gilhotra

Some of our junior doctors have shown how much they have continued to hone their clinical skills through regular training sessions during 2019.

The medical education team recently hosted the inaugural ‘Ninja Warrior’ competition at the Cairns Hospital, involving five our Medical Interns and 10 Resident Medical Officers (RMOs).

The participating doctors were given an eight-minute time limit per task to complete simulations of five clinical skills; plastering, suturing, lumbar puncture, stomach paracentesis and ultrasound guided venepuncture under the watchful eye of an assessor.

Senior Medical Education Officer Craig Peut said it was a fun way to wrap up the skills-based training year and raise the profile of the fortnightly sessions, run with the support of experienced clinical staff from the Cairns Hospital.

RMO Ritvik Gilhotra was the first to hoist the perpetual Ninja Warrior trophy after impressing the judges with his clinical skills.

“The last couple of years have been fantastic,” he said, “I’ve had a vast amount of exposure to different departments and different pathologies so I’ve been very lucky to work here and learn from some very good clinicians.”

He said it was good experience to be challenged under time pressure through the Ninja Warrior competition.

“I’ve been lucky to practice a few of those skills throughout the year and that’s once again attributable to the Cairns Hospital and how much, as junior doctors you get to do,” Dr Gilhotra said.

Dr Melissa Pope and Dr Simon Banh were awarded equal second place in the Ninja Warrior competition.

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Last updated: 19 December 2019