Tēnā koutou katoa / Wominjeka umarkoo-
(Hello to you all),
Welcome to the May edition of the College e-news.
I want to start by thanking everyone who was involved in the Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM), ICU Update Day, and Trainee Symposium in Perth which wrapped up just over one-week ago. The scientific program was excellent, with several thought-provoking talks and panel discussions which provided insights across many borders. The social program was fantastic, and I’m glad I took the opportunity to join the amazing ‘Hot-Debrief’ who provided a great soundtrack to the reception.
It was truly special to personally congratulate so many of our new FCICM graduates as they celebrated the huge career milestone of completing one of the most exacting ICM qualifications in the world. The smiles and cheers as they crossed the stage in front of (or even accompanied by) proud family, friends and colleagues will forever stay with me. I am truly honoured to welcome them to our Fellowship. I wish on behalf of the Board to congratulate Dr Gillian Bishop on receiving the College Medal. Gill’s contribution to our specialty has been huge, and those who were present at the Dinner to hear her Oration were treated to a speech that was full of inspiration.
We were also able to hold the first in-person Annual General Meeting (AGM) since COVID. The meeting was well attended and provided the opportunity for Fellows to hear our Annual Report (PDF), as well as hearing the confirmation of the results of our 2023 Board Election. My congratulations go to Peter Kruger, Priya Nair and Penny Stewart who were successfully renominated for the Board.
The month saw the completion of our First and Second Part Examinations. I want to especially thank all our examiners who give so much of their expertise, effort, and time throughout the year. This is in addition to having busy clinical jobs and lives. I really appreciate the essential role you provide for our College.
I have been busy attending the Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges on both sides of the Tasman. It is fair to say that our profession is under a lot of pressure politically to ‘innovate’ when it becomes inconvenient or expensive for jurisdictions to continue to meet fundamental standards. As a College we focus on working with Medical Councils to continually improve our program of training and assessment. We are also increasingly having to work together as colleges to advocate for the upholding of even the minimum standards of service provision that we know is essential to patients and families. We are stronger if we are working together, as a Fellowship, towards a common purpose.
This month sees trainee days in South Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, as well as a host of other activities. See Courses and Events web page for full details.
Please check out the College website and ensure you have logged in to the MDP (Membership Digital Platform) to keep ahead of what is happening.
Best wishes, thank you and Kia kaha,