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Gladstone ED trains specialists of the future

29 June 2018

Gladstone Emergency Department is celebrating the news it has gained accreditation as a training provider from the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine.

Director Dr Dilip Kumar said this was the result of a full year’s work by a large team, who were thrilled their efforts have paid off, and the Gladstone ED team is excited to be training emergency specialists of the future.

The next step is to recruit the first basic trainee, hopefully for the next training term which starts in August, or the following one in February.

“One of my goals was to get this department to a place where people can come in and train to be a specialist,” Dr Kumar said.

“This is a big step to help recruit and retain emergency doctors, not just for Gladstone, but for CQ Health. This will lead to an overall improvement in care provided to the community.

“The staff are quite excited, and I would like to thank all those who have assisted during this process. Credit goes to all of them.” he said.

Dr Kumar is confident he’ll find the right trainee, given Gladstone Hospital has a good, wide variety of case mix, including trauma, paediatrics and toxicology, along with the routine presentations.

“Being a regional centre there’s a fantastic opportunity for a more hands-on approach in ED for the doctors which is an invaluable experience,” he said. “In bigger centres there’s a lot more doctors and specialities competing for cases.

“Our trainees will have greater access to one-on-one specialist teaching, and we have a robust education program that’s tailored to the college curriculum.

“And apart from that, more importantly, the work environment here is very friendly. Despite the increasing workload, we encourage our team to enjoy their work.”

Last updated: 30 August 2018

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