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In the second week of orientation, you will buddy up with the outgoing Intern or RMO and learn everything you can about the job before the new clinical year starts.  Depending on your term allocation, this may commence as early as THURS 21st. 

The information below is intended to give you a sense of who your contacts are for this week and where you're meant to be. It's mainly aimed at the Westmead ward-based Interns, for whom the arrangements are most complex. 

Remember that during this week you are registered and legally entitled to practice, so if you are asked to do something that only a 'real doctor' should be doing...well, you are a real doctor now!. Of course, if you are asked to do something you don't understand or feel uncomfortable with, check and ask for help.

NB: Those who don't do the DETECT course in the first week will be scheduled to do so in the second. This will involve most the Westmead ward-based interns and some of the relievers. DETECT will be run in that 2nd week in the Auditorium in the morning and in the Simulation Centre on Level 3 of the Education Block after lunch. 

Westmead Wards

The general strategy is that during the first week of orientation you should make contact with your counterpart and arrange a time and place to meet. Depending on which group you are allocated to, this will either be first thing on Thursday morning (for most of you), or alternatively on Friday morning. You will be given the contact details of your counterpart at the beginning of the week at the latest. To page from any phone in the hospital, press *2;  then the page number;  then *.

When you are trying to figure out who the right person to make contact with is, there are three possibilities:

  1. You are doing a term where there is only one team and thus only one JMO to choose from. These teams include:
    Surgical Oncology - Breast/Endocrine, Plastics, Surgical Transplant, Urology
  2. You are doing a term with multiple JMOs who all operate as one large team. In this case you can make contact with any team member at random. These teams include:
    Cardiothoracic Surgery, Neurosurgery, Upper GI Surgery  
  3. You are doing a term in a department with several different teams. In this case, we will publish a list beforehand of which particular team you are attached to. These teams include:
    Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Haematology, Medical Oncology, Neurology, Orthopaedics, Renal, Respiratory, Vascular
NB: The Renal Intern will spend half the term in nephrology, then swap with the RMO and complete the second half the term in dialysis. This means they need to buddy up with the outgoing RMO doing nephrology, not the intern.

Westmead ED

Your primary contact is the ED Secretary, Jennifer Johnston or the term supervisor Dr Mee Ling. These two will be responsible for your roster in ED from Fri 22nd Jan onwards. ED interns will start their ED Buddy Week with an ED orientation commencing 08:00 on Fri 22nd. This will last for 4-5 hours with the rest of the day devoted to getting your mandatory e-learning out of the way. In the following week you'll be rostered to 3-4  x 10hr ED shifts which may fall on the weekend of 30-31st and will be a mixture of day and evening shifts.


Most of you will be rostered to a mixture day evening and weekend shifts. A few will be rostered exclusively to night shifts. The roster for this week will be published in early January. Don't forget that most of you will have DETECT on Thursday 28th. 


Your primary contact is Jenny Sleiman, the JMO Manager at Auburn Hospital. She should contact you in early January. Her phone number is 8759 3136 and her email is [email protected]. You will start at Auburn for Orientation on Fri 22nd at 9:00am.

Coffs Harbour

Your primary contact is Karen Aranyi, the JMO Manager at Coffs Harbour Base Hospital. Her number is 66557042 and email is [email protected]

Coffs should contact you in early January to let you know about rosters and accommodation details.

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