New training sets scene for next generation of doctors

New training sets scene for next generation of doctors

Mater Mothers’ Hospital is leading the way in preterm infant medicine with new simulation training that teaches junior doctors and midwives how to safely deliver and manage premature newborns.

Already a national leader in maternity services, the new training provides the next generation of clinicians with hands-on, practical experience through the simulation of real-life scenarios.

At the helm of the education training program is  Mater Obstetrics and Gynaecology Simulation Fellow, Dr Alison McDougall, who has been caring for mothers and newborn babies at Mater Mothers’ Hospital since 2018.  

“We’ve been working closely with Mater Education over the past 12 months to develop a series of simulation-based training sessions that focus on the management of preterm labour, delivery and appropriate care for infants born at less than 32 weeks,” Dr McDougall said.

“The simulation scenarios are designed to help the next generation of doctors learn how to effectively and confidently manage preterm delivery.”

Fifth year Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) registrar, Dr Ajita Basu, said the simulation training sets Mater apart from education opportunities at other tertiary hospitals.

“These simulation-based training sessions allow junior doctors to consolidate their skills in a supportive environment,” Dr Basu said.

Third year RANZCOG registrar, Dr Laura Yeoh, said the simulation-based training allowed junior doctors to work collaboratively with other specialties.

 “Training with colleagues from midwifery, anaesthetics, neonatal critical care and theatre allows us to be cohesive in a real-life scenario; and this is something that is unique to Mater,” Dr Yeoh said.

Dr McDougall will soon relinquish her fellowship with the next Dr Katie Phillips to become the new Obstetrics and Gynaecology Simulation Fellow in 2022.

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