Victorian showcase of research in health professions education 2019

Arts West, The University of Melbourne 148, Royal Parade Parkville, VIC 3052

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Brett Vaughan

Contributing locally and globally to clinical education conversations” is the theme for the 2019 Victorian showcase of research in health professions education, hosted by The University of Melbourne.

Each year the symposium brings together students from the Master of Clinical Education (Department of Medical Education, University of Melbourne) and Master of Surgical Education (Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) to share their research experiences and findings. It provides a supportive forum to facilitate collaborations and build and strengthen the growing community of health professions education researchers.

If you are engaged in health professions education, research and/or practice, we encourage you to book your ticket and join in the conversation.

Keynote speakers

Professor Wendy Hu, Associate Dean and Professor of Medical Education (Western Sydney University).

Wendy's career in medical education began in 2007 as Senior Lecturer, Sydney University. She advanced through university and health service roles, becoming inaugural Associate Director of Education at the Children's Hospital at Westmead in 2009, responsible for education and training of over 2,000 staff. Wendy returned to academia in 2010 and was appointed Chair in Medical Education at Western Sydney University in 2012.

Wendy has initiated and completed significant change projects with sustained outcomes. As Head of the Medical Education Unit from 2012-6, she oversaw the unit's restructure and growth to 26 staff, responsible for all aspects of curriculum design, implementation and quality improvement. She led PBL curriculum review and re-design, creation of a student-centred online curriculum map, and whole of program innovations, leveraging and leading the transition from a Bachelor to professional Masters level course. Throughout, Wendy has maintained programs of educational scholarship and research with cross-institutional, national and international collaborations.

In her current role as Associate Dean and Professor of Medical Education, and member of the School of Medicine senior leadership group, Wendy champions educational quality and promotes the creation and translation of evidence into effective educational practice across Western Sydney University and beyond.

Dr Rhea Liang General and Breast Surgeon, Gold Coast, Bond University; Incoming Chair, Operating with Respect, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

Dr Rhea Liang is a general surgeon and incoming chair of the Operating with Respect committee at RACS. Dr Liang is a Master of Surgical Education graduate and recently released her research providing insights into why so many more surgeons are men than women, despite the increasing number of women in medicine.

The qualitative research titled Why do women leave surgical training? A qualitative and feminist study, was conducted by Dr Liang, in conjunction with Professor Tim Dornan, of Queens University Belfast, UK and Professor Debra Nestel of the University of Melbourne and was published by leading medical journal The Lancet. It asked women to describe in-depth why they had chosen to leave surgical training soon after they had started it, despite having aspired to the profession since childhood.

Dr Rhea Liang has authored and co-authored several national and international publications and works as a reviewer for reputed professional journals. She is actively associated with a range of societies and academies around the world. Dr Rhea Liang has received several awards for contributions to the scientific community.