NSLHD News August 26 2022

GREAT TEAMWORK ENSURES SMOOTH RUNNING OF EXAM DAY Dedicated volunteers helped ensure a successful Royal Australasian College of patients in the current environment.

“The day itself is very busy and there were a lot of new faces having to learn the rules. “The candidates’ feedback has been excellent - they felt everything was fair and ran smoothly. I have also received emails from patients expressing their happiness with the day.” The exams, which followed a written assessment earlier this year, took place at public hospitals across the country. “Having trained at Royal North Shore Hospital myself, I saw the amount of work that went into my own exam,” Hannah said. “Helping provide a successful exam is my way of ‘paying it forward’. “We have to give the candidates every opportunity to become well-rounded physicians who will contribute to healthcare. It’s incredibly rewarding being part of an event helping achieve that. “It’s a labour of love from everyone involved, but a great effort.”

Physicians’ (RACP) clinical examination day at Royal North Shore Hospital. The exam is a critical part of candidates’ training and assesses their clinical and interpersonal skills and acumen. It required the recruitment of about 40 appropriate patients to participate as volunteers. Sixteen candidates sat the exam, which reverted back to the pre-COVID traditional format, held under ‘face-to- face’ conditions. This was after two years of COVID- enforced restrictions involving partly remote assessment. RNSH Medical Oncologist and Senior Medical Registrar Dr Hannah Ainsworth, who oversaw the exam on Saturday, July 30, said it had been a great effort from a 30-strong team of volunteers. “Over the last four weeks I probably spoke to about 60 patients who were identified as suitable (participants) but several people in that time caught COVID or for other reasons couldn’t eventually participate,” she said. “It was certainly very challenging finding suitable VALE Eileen Gordon Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary member Eileen Gordon sadly passed away on Saturday August 6, 2022. Eileen provided over 20 years of service to Mona Vale Hospital’s Auxiliary and was a major contributor. Eileen’s work set the foundation for all the fundraising activities the Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary conducts such as stalls, sausage sizzles and raffles. Eileen was named the

Dr Hannah Ainsworth said great teamwork helped ensure a successful RACP exam day at RNSH

Chris Dennis, who also assisted coordination of the examinations, said the event demonstrated the commitment to effective teamwork at RNSH. “I thought there was a fantastic feeling of goodwill among everyone who was involved – including the patients - which is so good to see after all the hardship everyone has experienced over the last couple of years,” he said. “It was truly an understated expression of our collegiality and strength as a hospital.” Hannah thanked Dr Kate Ahmad and Dr Adrian Lee for their assistance, the Basic Physicians Trainee Unit, trainee physicians, volunteers, patients and everyone who helped with the day.

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Pittwater Woman of the Year in 2010, the recipient of the Federal Member’s Award for Contribution to the Health Service to the Community in 2012, and the Community Service Award from the Rotary Club of Brookvale in 2013. Eileen was also presented with Life Membership of the Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary in 2013 and Life Membership of the Urban History Association in 2018 in recognition of her work.

Eileen Gordon

Mona Vale Hospital and the Northern Sydney Local Health District offers their sincere condolences to Eileen’s family, friends and members of the Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary.



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