Short Study Secondment a success

The DME has introduced a new research initiative, the Short Study Secondment (SSS). Clinical staff can apply to take time away from their usual roles to work with the DME developing medical education research activities.  Read about Keryn Bolte’s experience as one of our successful SSS applicants…

Keryn Bolte

I am embarking on a PhD examining what influences the establishment of learning cultures in rural health services. I heard of the opportunity to apply for the SSS and was very fortunate to be successful. It meant I could meet with my future supervisors in person to plan and discuss how to undertake the research proposal. My SSS program included meeting with DME researchers who were able to offer incredibly valuable advice. Another highlight was meeting the visiting academics from Canada: Dr Rose Hatala from the University of British Columbia, and Dr Ryan Brydges from the University of Toronto.

By the end of the week I had applied to enrol in a PhD, crafted a sound second draft of a research proposal, and had a plan in place to commence. This, in addition to the connections I made, the expertise of Rose and Ryan, and, just being present and welcomed into the department was the perfect ‘kick start’ for my studies. I am very grateful for the opportunity to have quarantined time to focus on my research, as well as unfettered access to the expertise at DME. For someone who felt somewhat intimidated to take on a PhD, a completely novice researcher and a UoM staff member not co-located at Parkville, I now feel I have not only cemented my relationships with my supervisors, but I have also realised the level of support available in DME.

I would wholeheartedly recommend to anyone considering applying for the SSS to go for it, it was exactly what I needed.

For further information about the Short Study Secondment please contact Michelle Grainger