Trainee Positions At St Vincent's Private Hospital, Sydney

St Vincent's Private Hospital, Sydney


Contact Details

Dr Susan Tomlinson
Phone : 0283826712
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Training Positions : 1
Elective Training Positions : 0
Fellowships : 0

Core Position Descriptions
St Vincent's Private hospital offers an innovative approach to core neurology training. Inpatient exposure to complex neurology including movement disorders, HIV neurology, neuro-oncology and neurovascular issues is available. The trainee will co-ordinate care in the acute stroke unit and be first contact for neurological emergencies including stroke at the Private Hospital. The role is closely affiliated with the neurology service at St Vincent's Public Hospital, and the trainee will participate in campus meetings and activities including a weekly EMG clinic, the weekly Neuroradiology case conference, monthly journal club, monthly neuropathology and neuro-oncology MDTs. The trainee is encouraged to undertake a research project, present at meetings and pursue publications. The trainee will undertake a general neurology outpatient clinic once a week, and be encouraged to attend subspecialty clinics.

Elective Position Descriptions

Hospital Information

The Neurology Department at St Vincent’s Private Hospital offers a general neurology service which includes a 4 bed acute stroke unit and an acute thrombolysis service. The job description involves close level of liaison and supervision with the relevant consultants. St Vincent’s Private Hospital is situated adjacent to St Vincent’s Public Hospital, and several of the facilities of the public and private Neurology and Neurosurgery departments are combined. This serves to increase the educational opportunities available to the registrar, and to ensure that the position is a high-quality educational experience.

Department Beds :

Department Clinics

Department Specialty Clinics
Movement disorders, neurogenetics, HIV neurology, MS, botox for movement disorders, headache clinics

Department Meetings
- Weekly neurology meeting and ward round
-Weekly neuroradiology meeting
- Monthly neuropathology meeting
- Monthly journal club
- Quarterly audit
- Attendance at Brain School

Department Staff
Professor Bruce Brew
Associate Professor Paul Darveniza
Associate Professor Raymond Garrick
Associate Professor Stephen Tisch
Dr John O’Neill
Associate Professor Romesh Markus
Dr Ian Sutton
Dr Susan Tomlinson
Dr Neil Simons

Junior Staff Positions In Neurology

Trainee Responsibilities
Duties would include:

- Attendance at weekly neurology grand rounds with the opportunity to present clinical cases and current literature.
- Clerking of acute and scheduled admissions of patients in the private hospital. It is estimated that between 10-15 new admissions would occur per week. Up to 10 consults per week would also be expected.
- Regular ward rounds with consultants
- Participation in peri-operative care of neurosurgical cases
- Participation in the acute thrombolysis service - One outpatient neurophysiology clinic per week which entails NCS, EMG, VEP, SEP, EEG
- Outpatient neurology clinic each week – the trainee would rotate through various clinics available e.g. movement disorder, rehabilitation, neurovascular clinic, general neurology
- participation in the public hospital neurology after hours on call roster
In addition, subspecialty expertise is available in the following areas:

- Movement disorders, including deep brain stimulation programme
- HIV neurology
- Cognitive disorders
- Neuro-inflammatory conditions including natalizumab therapy for MS
- Neuro-oncology
- Ion channel disorders
- Neuromuscular disease
- Acute and chronic pain management
- Neurorehabilitation
- Neuro-intensive care

Selection Criteria
Eligible for advance training in neurology in NSW.
Excellent communication skills.

Philosophy Of Training
The main educational focus of the post is to place an emphasis on excellence in clinical assessment, with particular attention to history taking and examination. The trainee should develop the ability to synthesise a case presentation and generate a management plan
- To learn current evidence-based best practise in acute and clinic-based neurologic disorders
- To enable the trainee to undertake self-directed learning and to be able to critically appraise literature
- To have exposure to a broad range of subspecialty areas

Educational opportunities include monthly neuropathology meeting, monthly journal club, quarterly audit, attendance at Brain School, attendance at the ANZAN annual meeting, weekly neuroradiology meeting.

The trainee would be expected to medical students from the University of NSW and the University of Notre Dame, as well as basic physician trainees.

Involvement in research is highly encouraged but not compulsory. Trainees would be given the opportunity to chose and area of interest to pursue.

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