Medical specialities

The PREP program at the Canberra Hospital is a RACP Level 3 accredited training program that provides quality clinical training and education. The hospital runs an intensive education program to help you prepare for Fellowship examinations, as well as access to the RACP Victorian video-conferencing program, daily teaching morning handovers and intensive clinical examination preparation courses.

The PREP program at the Canberra Hospital is a RACP Level 3 accredited training program that provides quality clinical training and education.

The hospital runs an intensive education program to help you prepare for Fellowship examinations, as well as access to the RACP Victorian video-conferencing program, daily teaching morning handovers and intensive clinical examination preparation courses.

You also have access to sub-specialty rotations to help you complete your training requirements. Mentors are available to provide support to you during this time and in lead up to your FRACP Part II examinations.

The Canberra Hospital is also proud to host the Canberra Course for Physicians Trainees that aims to teach you important tools to help you pass your examinations and obtain the necessary skills for your area of specialist training.

After you finish the PREP training program, you have access to advanced training in all medical sub-specialties to allow you to continue your professional development at the hospital.

Each rotation gives you access to teaching sessions, clinical meetings, tutorials, teaching ward rounds, outpatient clinics and extensive research opportunities.

Please see the information below for specific features of each rotation.

Cardiology
  • emergency cardiology cover
  • inpatient Coronary Care Unit with both acute and subacute areas
  • inpatient cardiology ward patients
  • echocardiogram services
  • exercise stress testing
  • elective and emergency angiograms and angioplasties
  • intra-aortic balloon pump insertion exposure
  • pacemaker insertion (temporary and permanent cardiac pacing) and follow up clinics
  • outpatient cardiac rehabilitation services
Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  • inpatient and outpatient management of diseases involving the liver and gastrointestinal tract
  • exposure to various endoscopic procedures, including colonoscopy, polypectomy, ERCP, upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, ultrasound guided liver biopsy, ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration of masses, small bowel series and barium enemas
Geriatric Medicine
  • multidisciplinary care of elderly inpatients with complex, multi-system medical issues
  • access to a wide range of experience in acute general medical, surgical and psychogeriatric management and geriatric rehabilitation
  • weekly falls clinics
  • exposure to geriatrics syndromes, including dementia, delirium, falls, osteoporosis, incontinence, mood disorders, capacity assessments and guardianship legislation
  • exposure to various procedures such as nasogastric tube insertions, pleural taps and abdominal paracentesis
Haematology
  • department runs both an inpatient and outpatient unit to deal with various haematological malignancies and other haematological disorders
  • exposure to autologous stem cell transplantation for malignant disorders
  • opportunities to perform procedures such as lumbar punctures with intrathecal chemotherapy administration, paracentesis, thoracocentesis, central line insertions, PICC line insertions and bone marrow biopsies
  • exposure to a busy day clinic that manages the administration of chemotherapeutic agents and exposure to facilities for plasmapheresis
  • exposure to patients referred to the Hospital in the Home program
Hospital in the Home (HITH)
  • innovative unit run by infectious diseases consultant
  • unit provides hospital level care to patients living at home
  • involves the care of both long stay inpatients being treated at home and day only patients who require regular infusions
  • exposure to complex medical conditions, including inflammatory bowel disease
  • education by term supervisors in the management of adverse drug reactions
  • extensive exposure to procedures including PICC line insertion, lumbar punctures and abdominal paracentesis
  • JMOs can organise to attend sexual health clinics if interested
Infectious Diseases
  • unit run by supervisors with extensive experience in undergraduate and postgraduate education
  • provides inpatient and outpatient care for patients with a wide range of infectious diseases
  • extensive involvement with patients discharged to Hospital in the Home which provides hospital level care to patients living at home
  • weekly face to face appointments with term supervisor to discuss long cases on request
  • exposure to various procedures such as lumbar punctures
  • opportunity to help manage patients with sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS
  • special microbiology laboratory sessions
General Medicine Unit (GMU)
  • general medical unit that provides care for patients with undifferentiated medical conditions
  • short stay beds for surgical care for patients with undifferentiated surgical conditions
  • unit is run by supervisors with an interest in general medicine, geriatric medicine, infectious diseases, cardiology, respiratory medicine and gastroenterology
  • exposure to multidisciplinary assessments
  • exposure to safe handover processes to ensure the safe transition of patient care to other ward medical teams
Medical Oncology
  • unit provides expert medical care for inpatients and outpatients with various oncological disorders
  • exposure to common malignancies such as breast cancer, lung cancer, bowel cancer, prostate cancer and gynaecological cancers
  • opportunity to train in chemotherapy write ups and management of patients with complications after therapy
  • exposure to management of emergencies such as febrile neutropenia, spinal cord compression, superior vena cava obstruction and hypercalcaemia
  • exposure to various procedures, including pleural taps and insertion of intercostal drains, abdominal paracentesis, lumbar puncture and PICC line insertion
  • extensive multidisciplinary and multi-team involvement
Neurology
  • unit provides expert care for patients with neurological disorders
  • exposure to inpatient stroke unit
  • supervisors are extensively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching
  • exposure to a clinical neurophysiology service that provides learning opportunities for EEG and EMG interpretation
Radiation Oncology
  • unit provides care for inpatients and outpatients in ACT and regional NSW
  • exposure to various procedures, including pleural taps and insertion of intercostal drains, abdominal paracentesis, lumbar puncture and seroma aspirations
  • exposure to different radiation modalities, including brachytherapy
Renal Medicine
  • unit provides inpatient and outpatient care for patients with renal diseases
  • extensive exposure to inpatient dialysis and satellite dialysis units
  • management of patients on renal replacement therapy
  • management of patients in the postoperative period
  • exposure to renal transplantation and management of patients on immunosuppressive therapy
  • combined kidney and pancreas transplants
  • exposure to renal biopsies
Respiratory and Sleep Medicine
  • unit provides comprehensive investigative and therapeutic services for inpatients and outpatients
  • inpatient sleep laboratory provides opportunities to interpret complex sleep studies
  • exposure to procedures such as pleurocentesis and bronchoscopy
Rheumatology, Immunology and Dermatology
  • unit provides inpatient and outpatient care for patients with rheumatological, immunological and dermatological conditions
  • exposure to procedures such as knee and shoulder joint aspirations, skin biopsies, skin allergy testing and cryotherapy
Page last updated on: 19 Sep 2018