Job Application & Interview Preparation Workshop | Easing Medical Career Transitions
What to put on your CV, how to approach referees, how to fill in the application
Doing your research, preparing for the interview, practising questions
Making a good first impression, behavioural questions, talking about your experiences
Showcasing your personal brand, communicating effectively and leaving a good impression
Learn from top interview panel experts and successful trainees
Our faculty includes a unique blend of the trainee perspective as well as the expert senior medical practitioner.
Some of our key speakers
We have gathered top experts in medical training and recruitment to give you the key information that you need to know.
Dr Shahina Braganza
Shahina Braganza is a senior staff specialist in Emergency Medicine at Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service. She has previously been Director of Clinical Training providing professional and pastoral input and guidance into the development of Junior Doctors. She has a keen interest in non-technical skills (including communication and leadership) in the clinical practice of medicine – how this influences team dynamics, and ultimately benefits patient care. She is actively involved in the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine, serving on various working groups, and as an Examiner. She has previously sat on the Trainee Selection Committee. She is also passionate about healthcare worker wellness and is the founder of the oneED program at Gold Coast Health. Read her commentary on shahinabraganza.com.
Anthony is an expert in Medical HR. He has reviewed numerous CVs, chaired and conducted over a thousand job interviews and provided advice to a number of employers and Colleges about selection processes. His background is as a Consultant Psychiatrist and Medical Manager with 20 years’ experience as a medical practitioner in public health services in a range of roles.
From 2012 to 2016, Anthony was the Medical Director of the Health Education & Training Institute (HETI) which involved overseeing a number of network training programs. He is also a Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle’s School of Medicine & Public Health and Year 5 Psychiatry Coordinator. He is currently completing a PhD in Medical Education, exploring personal learning environments in the intern training space.
Michael Bonning is a GP with a public health background and senior director of medical affairs at DermaSensor, an American technology company. He currently sits on multiple boards and provides advisory services to government and NFPs. He is also head of adventure medicine for Inspired Adventures. He is a former senior medical officer in the Royal Australian Navy where he deployed to the Middle East, Asia, India, the South Pacific, and off northern Australia. He has been heavily involved in health advocacy with the Australian Medical Association, Health Workforce Australia and beyondblue. His is a past president of AMSA and former Chair of the AMA Council of Doctors in Training.
Dr Katherine Wyld is a medical registrar at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, and is currently sitting her RACP Physician Exams. She holds a keen interest in medical education, and helped organise the intern readiness programs for medical students at the University of Queensland Rural Clinical Schools.
She completed her internship and residency at Toowoomba Hospital, and was president of the Toowoomba RMO Society in 2016
In addition she has spoken to universities regarding career planning to foster a broader perspective on health and the healthcare system amongst aspiring doctors. May was HETI’s 2014 JMO of the year and finalist for NSW Young Woman of the Year in 2016.
An overview of the issues in relation to specialty training posts and numbers of applicants.
9.20 AM - CV Do's and Don'ts
Dr Matthew Links
What to put on your CV, what order, the value of a career goal statement.
9.40 AM - How to Pick Your Referees
Dr Shahina Braganza
Who makes a good referee. The value of diversity in your referees. How to approach a referee and how to remind them of your plans.
10.00 AM - Pre Meets
Dr Sarah Nguyen
Hear from a recent succesful trainee about the approach that she took to the job application and interview process.
10.20 AM - Panel Discussion
Drs Links, Braganza, Nguyen
10.40 AM - Morning Tea
Session 2 - Practising
11.10 AM - Addressing the Selection Criteria
Dr Fahid Hashem
Keep things short, use examples to back up your contentions, remember that the interview questions should be base on these
11.30 AM - Researching the Program, Panel, Place and the Process
Dr Rumal Jayalath
After or even before you lodge your application there are lots of things you can do to prepare for the interview, including familiarising yourself with College and training programs requirements, as well as finding out about the panel.
11.50 AM - Failing to Prepare is Preparing to Fail
Dr Katherine Wyld
Why you should prepare for the interview. It is a form of test after all. How can you prepare. The importance of feedback.
12.10 PM - Panel Discussion
Drs Hashem, Jayalath, Wyld
12.30 PM - Lunch & Networking
Session 3 - The Interview
1.30 PM - Calming the Nerves and Making a Good First Impression
Mrs Kate Jurd with Dr Neel Gobin
First impressions are important. So how can you hit that "sweet spot" without coming across as overly nervous or overly confident.
2.00 PM - What's a Behavioural Question?
Dr Anthony Llewellyn
What's a "behavioural question"? Why are they used and perhaps better? Case examples. How you can turn other questions to your advantage by treating them as behavioural questions.
2.20 PM - Showcasing Your Experience and Interpersonal Skills at Interview
Dr Anthony Llewellyn
Hopefully, the panel has read your CV. But let's face it they may not have. How can you highlight all the best bits during the interview and leave them knowing you are a good communicator and team player.
2.40 PM - Panel Discussion
Mrs Kate Jurd, Drs Llewellyn & Gobin
3.30 PM - Afternoon Tea
Dr Lindsay Chan
Pre Meets are an area of controversy. But many deem them an essential component of the process, particularly if you are not fortunate to have worked and be known at the hospital or training site you attend. This session will take you through the do's and don'ts of both personal pre-meets as well as group recruitment information nights (which some networks are now favouring over individual pre-meets).
Session 4 - The Interview Part 2
3.50 PM - How to Deal with an Inappropriate Question
Dr Michael Bonning
What to do if the unfortunate happens and someone asks you an inappropriate question.
4.10 PM - Stump the Panel
Drs Llewellyn, Bonning, Gobin
We attempt to give model answers to your interview questions / scenarios.
4.40 PM - Workshop Wrap Up
5.00 PM - Close
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