Sometimes in life, the greatest opportunities happen by chance.
It is a great source of satisfaction for me to see that chance opportunities can develop into professional interests – and ultimately, a passion for implementing positive change. Though I have always had an interest in teaching medical students and interns, it is only in the past few years of my own training that I have contemplated a more focused involvement in medical education.
As part of my current role as president of the Australian Orthopaedic Registrar’s Association (AORA) I was invited to take part in AOA 21; the Australian Orthopaedic Association’s initiative to redesign its education and training program. In developing AOA 21, I participated in workshops to renew the curriculum and enable the transition to competency-based education. It is through this initiative that I first met ICRE conference chair, Dr. Jason Frank.
At the encouragement of my colleagues, I applied for – and was offered – the role of ICRE Chief Resident for 2016. ICRE has opened my eyes to the opportunities that exist within medical education on a global scale.
On a personal note, it has been wonderfully motivating as I progress through my own surgical training, to see the efforts that are being made both locally and abroad to improve medical education. Being a part of the change I wish to see is both a privilege and a pleasure.
So far, ICRE has been a wonderful experience. I have met and had the opportunity to learn from a wonderful group of people who work tirelessly towards putting together this conference. It has been inspiring to work with this year’s other Chief Residents, Dr. Stephen Gauthier and Dr. Brie Yama, and to meet people from the other side of the world who share an interest in education.
I have personally developed an interest in physician wellness, and am dismayed by the rising rates of burnout amongst my fellow doctors. I also see leadership as vitally important in medicine, but am challenged by the questions around how we can teach and learn leadership as a profession. Finally, I acknowledge that there is a gap between evidence and practice, and I am curious about how we might bridge that gap within our global health systems. All these topics and more will be addressed at ICRE and IRLS this year, and I am very much looking forward it!
The great thing about medicine is that we, as an international profession, are bound together by one common goal: Improving the lives of our patients. Meetings like this give us an opportunity to share ideas, expertise and new developments, and to ultimately learn from one another.
I look forward to meeting those of you who are able to join us for ICRE 2016. I encourage you to come, from wherever you are in the world.
I also encourage other resident leaders to apply for the role of ICRE Chief-Resident for 2017. In my opinion, it has certainly delivered on its promise of being a very rewarding and enriching experience!
Dr. Peter A. Moore is an orthopaedic registrar (resident) for the Australian Orthopaedic Association’s (AOA) Victorian and Tasmanian training programs. He received his bachelor’s degree in science (majoring in physics) in 2003, and his MBBS in 2007; both from the University of Sydney. Dr. Moore is the current president of the Australian Orthopaedic Registrar’s Association (AORA); a role in which he serves as a member of the Federal Training Committee of the AOA, and the chair of the organizing committee for the AORA annual meeting and ICL series. He has been actively involved in AOA 21, the AOA’s initiative to redesign its education and training program, and has extensive experience teaching students and junior doctors from a wide array of Australian medical schools.