Emergency Department Senior House Officer (PGY3+)
Emergency Department Senior House Office (SHO)
We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated junior doctors to join our department as Senior House Officers.
As a SHO in our department you will be primarily responsible for providing care to all patient groups presenting to our department, included trauma, critical care/resus, paediatrics and obstetrics. You will be directly supervised by a Emergency Specialist or Advanced Trainee 24/7, but will have autonomy for most of your daily work.
SHOs are rostered a maximum of 76 hours per fortnight, with 7 weeks of leave annually, and 2 hours of protected teaching time each week. The roster is made of three shifts types (early, late and night), with requests and flexibility paramount. There is good access to courses and conferences, and an established pathway to progress to Emergency Training with the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM). There is access to other speciality rotations within the hospital, such as medicine, paediatrics, obstetrics, and critical care (subject to negotiation).
The work/life balance offered in Townsville is second to none; with over 300 days of sunshine every year and our tropical climate, your days off can be spent enjoying any number of outdoor activities in Townsville. Townsville is a short flight/drive to other tropical destinations in Queensland, and with regular connections to Brisbane and Cairns, you have easy access to any number of international locations.
Townsville Hospital Emergency Department
The Townsville Hospital Emergency Department is the largest department in North Queensland and sees over 80,000 patients per year including Paediatric and Obstetric patients. It is the only Emergency Department in Townsville. In addition to serving the local community, it is the tertiary referral centre for the whole of North Queensland – many of these patients will be retrieved via fixed-wing aircraft or helicopter.
Emergency Medicine is a unique speciality with a broad range of undifferentiated presentations encountered and treated. Patients range from being critically ill to having minor injuries. It is not uncommon to see a wide range of clinical presentations and severities in one shift.
Whilst in the Emergency Department you will learn in a number of ways – formal education sessions, bedside teaching, clinical experience, asking advice of the multi-disciplinary team and self-directed learning around the clinical cases you have seen. Every patient is a new educational experience, and further reading about interesting patients can reinforce your “working knowledge”.
There are 20.1 Registrar/PHO positions, 16.25 SHO, 14 JHO and 15 Intern positions.
There are 31 ED Staff Specialists making up 21FTE.
Rostered shifts are early 0800-1800, late 1230-2230 and night 2200-0830 (2230 start for interns), with allocation to the part of the department you will be working in.
Resuscitation room – 2 adult and 1 paediatric bay, in-room XRay
Acute Hall (A1-34) – sicker patients who are likely to be admitted
Fast Track Hall (FT1-23) and Paediatric Area (P1-7) – Patients allocated to fast-track are those expected to go home or to the Short Stay ward within 4 hours. Suitable patients are allocated by triage staff, and include wounds, soft tissue injuries and fractures, gastroenteritis, tonsillitis, mild asthma, hyperemesis, headache etc. Medical staff allocated to fast-track also cover paediatrics.
Consult rooms (C1-6) – used for Streamlining patients (expected to go home within 15 minutes). This area is staffed by an ED SHO and a team of Nurse Practitioners.
Short Stay Unit – this is a 16 bed area which is staffed medically from the ED.
What can I expect as a Senior House Officer – Emergency Medicine at the Townsville Hospital -
- Two hours of protected teaching time per week;
- One (1) week of Professional Development leave per annum and access to courses relevant to Emergency Medicine;
- Rotational rosters with exposure to Paediatrics, Resuscitation (SHOs have a dedicated role on the resuscitation team), Admitting, Fast Track, Streamlining and Short Stay.
- Six (6) weeks of recreation leave per year;
- Flexible rostering;
- 76 hours per fortnight working roster;
- Two (2) x Registrars on site overnight to provide supervision;
- 3-4 ED Consultants on clinical duty 0800-2300 7 days per week with 1 on-call overnight. Each consultant is in charge of 1 section of the ED – these are SSU, Acute and Fast-track/Paediatrics.
- An attractive travel and relocation package
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