Provisional Fellowship

The provisional fellowship year (PFY) program is open to ANZCA trainees who have completed their advanced training, working towards completion of their FANZCA. Trainees working towards the pain fellowship (FFPMANZCA) should contact the Pain Management Research Institute.
Our department usually employs 7 fellows each year. The program allows fellows to gain a broad depth of experience in all the sub-specialties offered at RNSH, while promoting the transition from registrar to consultant in a supportive environment. While there are no formally allocated sub-specialty days, it is generally possible to accumulate a significant caseload in areas of interest through the year.

RNSH is the only tertiary hospital in New South Wales which is a combined referral centre for major trauma, burns, spinal injuries, interventional neuroradiology and high risk obstetrics. The department also has expertise in total intravenous anaesthesia, intra-operative neurophysiological monitoring for spinal and carotid surgery, anaesthesia for complex vascular neurosurgery, and ultrasound guided regional analgesia. RNSH offers all the major sub-specialties apart from transplantation and paediatrics. At present there is a weekly paediatric MRI list, one fortnightly paediatric general surgery list, regular paediatrics on 2-3 lists per week of ENT surgery, and reasonably frequent paediatric cases on trauma lists.
One fellow is appointed as Senior Registrar. The Senior Registar has additional responsibilities including fellow and registrar rostering, and attendance at Executive Committee meetings, playing an important role in the day to day administration of the department.

The remaining fellows are allocated other non-clinical duties, including nursing, medical student, resident and registrar teaching, organization of departmental clinical and quality assurance meetings, and the opportunity to be involved in medical simulation. Trainees interested in a focussed medical simulation fellowship should contact the Sydney Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre.
Overtime commitments are usually 1 night per week (with the following day rostered off), and approximately 1 in 3 weekends (either both days or both nights). The night shifts require the fellow to be on site as a second on call, with a registrar taking first call. This allows fellows to develop the skills associated with managing a busy theatre complex independently, as well as supervising and teaching junior colleagues.
Enquiries regarding fellowship opportunities should be addressed to the Supervisors of Training, Dr Alice Summons or Dr Paul Sinclair.

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