• The University of Melbourne
  • Australia, Vic
  • Sep 14, 2021

Job Description:

About the role

The University of Melbourne is committed to excellence in tertiary education. As Australia’s leading biomedical Faculty with a 150-year legacy, the Melbourne Medical School places a high priority on excellence in the areas of teaching, clinical teaching and mentoring, educational innovation and support for teaching services to students. We deeply value the contribution of the clinicians who help our students to become some of the best practitioners in the world.

There is growing recognition of the importance of having trained medical educators who can teach, mentor and provide leadership within the field of medicine. The Paediatric Clinical Teaching Fellow program at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) campus is offered as a development opportunity for clinicians with interest in medical education. Appointed within the University’s Department of Paediatrics, the program provides an excellent training opportunity for interested paediatric trainees, allowing them to develop and further enhance their skills as medical educators within the academic structure provided by the University.

The Leading Paediatric Clinical Teaching Fellow is one of two senior Fellows contributing to the program, based at the Royal Children’s Hospital campus. The Leading Fellows are responsible for delivering high-quality clinical teaching and learning opportunities in the Child and Adolescent Health (CAH) program within the University's medical course. Working under the guidance of and reporting to the Child and Adolescent Health Program Coordinators, the Leading Fellows teach into the course and guide and manage the Fellows cohort.. Active participation in curriculum review and development is also required.

In 2021 the CAH program will run from late January to November.

The Leading Fellows also have a significant role in the research facet of the CAH program, with additional curriculum development responsibilities and coordinate the Clinical Paediatric Update and Paediatric Seminar Series programs of the Department of Paediatrics.

The Leading Paediatric Clinical Teaching Fellow will be offered the opportunity to participate in various academic development activities and are expected to participate in professional development programs designed to promote excellence in clinical teaching and research.

About you

Key Responsibilities

Under the direction of the lead Child and Adolescent Health (CAH) Co-ordinator, the Leading Paediatric Clinical Teaching Fellow will work closely with the medical education team to contribute to the delivery of a high-quality education program for medical students in their third year of the MD (Principles of Clinical Practice 3). The medical education team includes the coordinators of the CAH MD program and other academic teaching staff and administrator(s).

Apart from teaching responsibilities of approximately 0.1 EFT, the Leading Paediatric Clinical Teaching Fellow undertakes additional medical education and administration responsibilities. The Lead Fellow must participate in educational research activities, attend the educational research group, and assist in the coordination of the University-led meeting for Paediatricians at RCH, the “Clinical Paediatric Update” (CPU). See below for further details.

Teaching and Learning

Clinical Teaching

The time fraction for the Leading Paediatric Clinical Teaching Fellow at 0.2 EFT equates to an average of 7.25 hours per week. Work schedules/patterns for the Fellows are set to meet the MD teaching obligations of the Department:

Within the academic term(s) (2 x 16 weeks), the Fellow will be required to commit to the following:

Enhanced Training

Outside of the academic term(s) the Fellow will have the flexibility to consolidate their time to work towards the key responsibilities described above and participate in the enhanced training program.

Lead Fellows will meet at least fortnightly with the teaching team to review teaching strategies, course material and student issues with Course Coordinators and the Teaching Fellows. As part of their professional practice development, Lead Fellows will also be expected to engage in peer review sessions to assist them to critically reflect on their teaching and inform their process of designing strategies to address any areas for improvement.

Optional enhanced training opportunities may include:



Participation in these optional programs will usually require the commitment of additional personal time.


Each Leading Fellow will contribute to Clinical Teaching research projects under the supervision of the MD Course Coordinators. Research may include evaluation of innovative changes within the MD curriculum and general research into best practice and innovative methods of clinical teaching based at the Royal Children’s Hospital campus.

Attendance at the Educational Research Group meetings will be a requirement for Lead Clinical Teaching Fellows.

Clinical Paediatric Update

Service and Leadership

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Special Requirements

[1] Offer of a place in the course is subject to fulfilment of the eligibility requirements and the University’s normal selection processes.

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