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Surgical Training

The SERT Institute is dedicated to the mentoring and training the next generation of surgeons. An important part of this role is our participation in the University of Sydney postgraduate medical program. The courses lead to the post-graduate degree Masters of Surgery in a number of surgical sub-specialities. Dr Anthony Glover is the co-ordinator of this program at the SERT Institute. He is an endocrine surgeon, with an interest in the molecular biology of endocrine cancers. Anthony is involved in endocrine cancer research. He is a current NHMRC Neil Hamilton Fairley Early Career Fellow and Senior Research Officer with the Cancer Division of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.

Three day surgical course

The Surgical Skills Centre at RNSH is hosting a 3-day surgical skills course, which is a unit of study in many of the post-graduate Masters of Surgery courses available at the University of Sydney. This unit of study is coordinated by Dr Anthony Glover, the SERT Institutes Masters of Surgery Lead. The picture shows Professor Tom Hugh instructing the young surgical trainees.
Professor Tom Hugh instructing young surgical trainees.

RNSH Turns 130 years

Join the 130th birthday celebration of the Royal North Shore Hospital. This includes the publication of a specially commissioned book of photographs. The official release of this book will be held in the front foyer of the hospital on Monday the 23rd of October at 1130am.

Postgraduate research and training update

by Dr Jonathon Parkinson, Lead Post-graduate Education and Research.

During the next few months, we will continue to audit postgraduate research and training at RNSH. Many surgeons have already participated in a survey conducted by the Discipline of Surgery at the University which looks at recent research activities including student supervision, grant success and publications. In addition to this, I have been meeting with the supervisors of training within the surgical units to discuss what the expectations for research placed upon trainees are and how the RNS SERT Institute might be able to further facilitate this occurring. We will also be holding an education/support day for all surgical registrars and fellows later this year, likely in November. Stay tuned for details!

The Westmead Tech Expo

Staff from the SERT Institute attended the University of Sydney’s Westmead Tech Expo this Tuesday. The “Westmead Tech Expo” event was a joint venture between Westmead Clinical School, The University of Sydney Westmead Initiative and Technology Partner, and the Children’s Hospital Westmead Clinical School. It included updates on mobile health, big data and pathogenomics, virtual reality in healthcare, virtual agents in healthcare and the new digital health CRC that is based at Sydney University. The Digital Health CRC is based at the University of Sydney. The update was given by Professor Tim Shaw, the inaugural Professor of eHealth at the University.

Wally Shi and Peter Moritz from The SERT Institutes, Data Analysis and Surgical Outcomes Units at the University os Sydneys Westmead Tech Expo on Tuesday.

SERT in the News

The NSW Ministry of Health ran a news story about SERT in their Surgery newsletter

“The Institute is collaborating with all RNS hospital surgeons, but especially with those who are actively involved in teaching, education, research and mentoring activities. Each surgical department was engaged in a massive consultation from July -November 2017 to help determine priorities, barriers and challenges when engaging in academic activities on the campus. Nine out of twelve surgical departments responded (75.0%), which demonstrates the high value they place on academia as part of professional practice.”

Surgical Information Recruitment Night

The Northern Network will be hosting a surgical information recruitment night. It will be held on Wednesday the 4th of July from 6-8pm, in Room 5D/E, Level 5 (Yellow Lift) in the Acute Service Building at Royal North Shore Hospital.

Download the flyer here.

Message from Professor Tom Hugh

Professor Tom Hugh

Another important academic position within the RNS SERT Institute (Lead, Surgical Excellence and Performance Change) will be advertised in the coming weeks and I encourage interested surgeons to apply (more on page 4). We will also be recruiting a 0.5 FTE administrative officer to support our ever-expanding work!

Based on feedback from surgical departments during our consultation process we have taken the following actions:

  • Started the recruitment process to appoint a dedicated surgical scientific officer to provide research support to the RNSH Division of Surgery (more on page 4)
  • Launched the RNS SERT Institute website (www.rnssert.org), which is being populated with information about surgical departments on the Northern campus, as well as profiles of surgical leaders working in the RNS SERT Institute. We anticipate this will become the main conduit for promoting surgical activity in our area. Shelly would appreciate any feedback you have about the website.
  • Assessed and developed a preliminary surgical research strategy, including our bio-statistics capacity and how the RNS SERT Institute can strengthen this further
  • Identified opportunities for collaboration with the academic anaesthetists at RNSH

We are planning an official launch of the RNS SERT Institute in June 2018. This will be another exciting milestone and an invitation will be extended to all clinicians and researchers within the Northern area.
The RNS DASO unit is also just about to announce the funding application outcomes to assist surgical departments with data management. 

International Clinical Trials Day Showcase

The RNS SERT Institute is collaborating with the Kolling Institute of Medical Research to celebrate the International Clinical Trials Day at the RNS hospital. The event is highly supported by the NHMRC. The Day itself falls on 20 May but because it is a Sunday this year, we will be celebrating it on Friday 18 May.
The RNS hospital’s main entrance foyer will be the showcase area where clinical trial posters will be displayed to raise awareness on the significance of innovation and research in professional practice.
All surgical departments are strongly encouraged to show-case their clinical trials, and also other research projects, at the foyer. This will also be an opportunity for us all to come together, including our community members and visitors, and learn about the great work that we are doing here!
Please contact Linda Pallot, Clinical Trials Research Nurse, Vascular Surgery, Linda.Pallot@health.nsw.gov.au , if you are
interested to showcase or will like to help organise this event.

New Appointment – Dr Anthony Glover

Dr Anthony Glover

Anthony had been appointed to the SERT Institute as Lead for the Masters of Surgery program. Anthony is an Endocrine, Oncology and General Surgeon, and an NHMRC Early Career Fellow. His research focuses on understanding the molecular biology of endocrine cancers (thyroid and adrenal) to develop new treatments to improve outcomes. Anthony completed general surgical training at St Vincent’s Hospital (Sydney) and clinical fellowships in surgical oncology with the Royal Marsden Hospital (London) and with the University of Sydney Endocrine Surgical Unit. Anthony obtained a PhD for his work on the molecular biology of adrenal cancer with the Cancer Genetics Laboratory of the Kolling Institute (University of Sydney) and subsequently was awarded an NHMRC Neil Hamilton Fairley Early Career Fellowship which allowed him to obtain post-doctoral research training with the James Fagin Lab at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (New York).
Anthony is a newly appointed VMO at RNSH, a Clinical Lecturer with the Northern Clinical School and an instructor for the College of Surgeons for the improved outcomes and ASSET courses. His main role within the RNS SERT Institute will be to coordinate and expand the Masters of Surgery program on the Northern campus.