Junior Medical Staff Education




                       Supervisor of Intern Training  -  Dr Anna Korin
                       Director Clinical Training        -  Assoc. Professor Laila Rotstein
                       Director Physician Training     -  Assoc. Professor Anne Powell
                       Supervisor Pre SET                 -  Mr Satish Warrior
                       Supervisor SET 2, 3 & 4           -  Miss Kate Martin


Alfred Health is committed to postgraduate medical education.

Postgraduate medical education and training at Alfred Health is an integral part of the Hospital's operations and philosophy.  It is recognised that there is an inter dependence between the provision of high quality healthcare and the education of health professionals.  Alfred Health supports postgraduate medical education by providing a wide range of postgraduate educational activities together with a strong commitment by the senior medical staff in the provision of appropriate clinical experience and education support.  Senior medical staff foster an environment of enquiry and learning. 

Who we are

The Medical Education Unit (MEU) supports the development, implementation and evaluation of training and education programs and organisational orientation programs for junior doctors.  

Education programs for PGY1 and PGY2s are mapped to the Australian Curriculum framework.   

The Manager MEU works closely with the Director of Clinical Training, Supervisor of Intern Training, Supervisor of Physician Training, and Supervisors of SET training programs in the development and implementation of relevant educational programs.  Our Supervisors are dedicated to supporting our junior medical staff in their chosen career pathway, and their clinical and professional development.  

The Medical Education programs consist of mandatory and recommended components and are delivered in different ways, varying from face to face program, to workshops and online e-learning modules. The Learning Exchange website, LEX, will facilitate access to these training programs. 

In developing and implementing educational programs the Postgraduate Medical Education Unit structurally seeks feedback from junior medical staff to ensure continuous improvement and that programs are tailored to fit their needs.


Examples of the current programs are:

Junior Medical Staff Mentoring Program   

Our mentors are Senior consultants who want to be involved with our junior staff and follow their professional development and career pathways.

Our Mentor philosophy is simple. It aims create a connection between our Senior and Junior Medical Staff within which it is possible to share experiences, reflect, seek advice or discuss sensitive issues without prejudice. 

On commencement as an intern at The Alfred you will be offered a mentor.

Every year we organise a Mentor and Mentee dinner which offers an opportunity to network, exchange stories and experiences in a relaxed atmosphere. Mentors often invite their past mentees as well.

We hope that the mentor/mentee relationship will develop and extend well beyond the intern years.  

Intern Orientation Program

Intensive 4.5 day program mapped to the Australian Curriculum Framework offering a mixture of didactic and clinically focussed skills workshops and shadowing components. At the conclusion of the program there is a celebratory welcome barbeque lunch at the residents quarters.

Junior Medical Staff After Hours Program 

A program mapped to the Australian Curriculum Framework and designed to familiarise junior medical staff with the presentation, investigation and management of acute medical emergencies and common after hour calls with the focus on clinical scenarios which as an intern you will be called about.

This program is incorporated  in the  Intern Orientation program.  

HMO & Registrar Orientation Program

This program aims to familiarise of Junior Medical Staff with the hospital and its culture, systems, processes and guidelines and to creating confidence in knowing when and how to ask for help and/or escalate.  During this program there is a focus on junior medical staff wellbeing and information on support pathways.

The program is followed by unit orientations. Unit handbooks provide detailed information on how the unit runs. 

 Junior Medical Staff Medical Emergency Program

The aim of the program is to familiarise junior doctors with the presentation, investigation and management of acute medical emergencies and better prepare you for rotations where you may need to lead management of acute presentations e.g. afterhours, night duty, rural rotations. The Alfred has highly specialised services, including cardiac, lung and bone marrow transplantation. The program includes information on patient condition and possible complications within those specialised units. Areas covered fall within the Australian Curriculum Framework for junior doctors.

The program is aimed at PGY2s and BPTs and covers a wide spectrum of emergencies situations in a ward or emergency department setting. 

The programs are case based, interactive and address all Alfred specialty areas.The program is a component of our Junior Medical Staff Orientation programs.



Weekly Intern Education Program
(mapped to the Australian Curriculum Framework)

HMO Education Program

(mapped to the Australian Curriculum Framework)

Investigations program

A comprehensive two day education program dedicated to increasing knowledge and competency in a range of clinical areas such as The Art of History Taking, Investigations and the correct interpretation including radiology, ABGs, Acid-Base, respiratory function tests and clinical skills including video demonstrations of correct technique in each specialty area.  The program also included a mini-CEX opportunity for BPTs.


Half day Deteriorating Patient simulation training focusing on Sepsis & Bradycardia, Rapid Atrial Fibrillation and Post operative. This half day course aims to combine the trainee’s professional qualities with clinical skills, in the management of the deteriorating patient.


Suturing Master Class 

Consultant lead practical and didactic half day workshop with 1 to 4 individualised teaching to further develop and extend suturing and wound closure skills.


Basic Sciences and Physiology

These full day programs have been designed to assist our junior doctors sitting their first part written exam in the following domains Emergency Medicine, Anaesthetics, Physician and Surgical training.

The programs cover Renal physiology, Respiratory, Immunology, Haematology, Cardiology and Pharmacology.

The Programs are all Consultant lead and consist of MCQs, tutorials and MCQ feedback.  

Professional Development Program
(mapped to the Australian Curriculum Framework)

Professional Development Programs for junior medical staff have been designed to cover areas outside those of clinical skills and knowledge, but nevertheless an essential component of your training such as Patient Interaction, Working in teams, and Professional Behaviour.  All topics covered are identified in the Australian Curriculum Framework. 


Physician Trainees - Part of the Bayside-Peninsula BPT Consortia

Specially designed 'in house' programs dedicated to long and short case preparation and mock trial exam preparation. 


SET Interview Preparation Program

Intensive Interview Preparation Program including mock interview with Consultant panel and feedback, behavioural interviewing techniques and Consultant guidance on structuring an interview response framework and clinical psychologist lead workshops on understanding emotional intelligence and how best to prepare for an interview.


Anastomotic Workshop 


Consultant lead one on one individual hands on teaching to become more familiar with vascular anastomosis techniques and using aortic grafts.


End of Life communication skills



Interactive workshop led by consultants, and through role play (with professional actors) to demonstrate how effective patient-doctor communication leads to appropriate clinical decision making


  • focus on how to elicit the values and wishes of patients and their families
  • how to tailor advice and treatment based on these values and wishes
  • gain an appreciation of the legal, ethical and cultural concerns relevant to end of life care for patients and their families.


Orthopaedics Skills Workshop


Hand-on  evening program set-up with the orthopaedics unit addressing common fractures, practicing joint aspiration and application of full plasters.     

* Please note that programs are subject to change.

Contact Manager MEU - Marit van Zonneveld
E-mail:  m.vanzonneveld@alfred.org.au