6 Useful Medical Training & Education Resources
Continuing medical education and training is a key aspect of your medical career. Keeping up to date with the many clinical aspects of medicine relies on finding easily accessible and relevant resources.
While the 16 Australian specialist medical colleges each have their own specific tailored education and training programs, here are six medical education resources to aid and assist doctors' training and clinical practice.
Clinical examination resource book
Considered the 'go-to' book for many physician trainees, Nicholas Talley and Simon O'Connor's bestselling title for over 25 years, "Examination medicine: a guide to physician training", covers clinical examination questions, long and short case examples and how to prepare for the written examination. Most doctors-in-training who are studying for their exams can often be seen referring to this book.
The annual prevocational forum and conference
The annual medical education and training forum focuses on prevocational and postgraduate medical education for Australian trainees. Held in different cities in Australia each year, it creates opportunities for trainees to meet and align medical education across Australia, implement innovations occurring in medical training and discuss training issues.
The Medical Journal of Australia (MJA)
The Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) provides ongoing education and training in Australian healthcare. It contains mostly peer-reviewed news articles, clinical practice guidelines and updates in research, and it is accessed either in print or online. There are also videos and podcasts of interviews from experts on trending health issues.
Monthly Index of Medical Specialities (MIMS)
MIMS Australia provides information on medicines, news and prescription medicine changes. It can be used by doctors from all specialities. There are print and online resources that are available, which can be tailored to medical practice.
Doctors' employment guide
The Federal Australian Medical Association (AMA) has collated a guide for doctors seeking employment across Australia, classifying each state or territory's terms and conditions, awards and agreements. Medical training may require doctors to move interstate, so the guide can be useful for doctors to familiarise themselves with the varying details of employment prior to commencing work.
BMJ learning provides access to over 1000 peer-reviewed learning modules from all medical specialities. It offers a convenient system for continuing professional development and ongoing competency-based clinical training in both primary healthcare and hospital-based medicine.