DynaMed supports Junior Doctor orientation

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At the start of each year Queensland hospital Medical Education Units provide orientation programs for Junior Doctors and Registrars. Many Junior Doctors experience high levels of anxiety at this time and orientation is critical to a successful transition to the workplace and delivering safe patient care – from learning clinical and procedural skills through to the everyday administrative nuts-and-bolts of working in a busy hospital environment.

RMOs, HMOs and Registrars starting at a new hospital also need to acquaint themselves with how things are uniquely done at each location. And ably supported by hospital librarians (where available), new staff are introduced to the wealth of resources available to them through CKN.

For the past two years CKN has been supported by one of its key clinical information resources, DynaMed, which has committed to reaching out and working onsite in Queensland hospitals during orientation to introduce Junior Doctors and Registrars to CKN’s primary clinical decision support resource available to all Queensland Health staff.

During January and February the DynaMed team attended 13 public hospitals across the state, delivering presentations on how and why to use the resource, using the DynaMed app and registering staff for personal user accounts.

EBSCO Health’s APAC Director of Professional Services, Sue Campbell, was responsible for spearheading DynaMed’s orientation program. “Junior doctors in particular can often be overwhelmed in their first year. DynaMed’s philosophy is to make sure every clinician has easy access to the most current and credible evidence-based information around. That way they can be confident in their decision making, something that isn’t always easy for Doctors-in-training,” she said.

Over 1,350 Junior Doctors and Registrars attended DynaMed sessions, including over 200 at Princess Alexandra Hospital, and more than 500 people signed up for personal user accounts (for favourite topic alerts, saved searches etc).

“We’ve made it a top priority during orientations to put boots on the ground and highlight to as many new Interns, Residents, House Officers and Registrars as possible the evidence-based information available to support them,” Campbell added.