My name is Emily See and I am currently the Transition Fellow in Research at The Royal Melbourne Hospital. I started my ICU training in 2018 and spent the first four years working at Austin Health. I am dual-trained as a Consultant Nephrologist and enjoy working across both specialties simultaneously.
My clinical and research interests lie in the diagnosis and management of acute kidney injury (AKI). Alongside my ICU training, I have undertaken a PhD examining the long-term outcomes of critically ill survivors of AKI. My thesis focuses on identifying patients at greatest risk of chronic kidney disease, kidney failure, and death after AKI, and tests whether early specialist follow up in the outpatient setting improves patient outcomes.
Based on this work, we recently established a pilot AKI service at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, which aims to translate available evidence into clinical care. It also allows us to more easily embed research into everyday practice to ensure the highest safety and quality of care is delivered to patients.
The transition year has provided me with the opportunity to lead my own research within the ICU, to supervise students and junior doctors undertaking projects, and to participate in the teaching of research methodology through the University of Melbourne. From a clinical perspective, I have been able to take on more responsibility within the ICU team by working on the consultant roster in a supervised capacity. In this way, the transition year ensures a smooth evolution from trainee to consultant and allows time to focus on developing unique areas of interest within the ICU and hospital.