JDocs: career guidance for doctors interested in a career in surgery

RACS jdocsThe Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has initiated a JDocs website to provide career guidance to junior doctors in Australia and New Zealand during their early prevocational years.

JDocs is a framework that describes the many tasks, skills and behaviours that should be achieved by doctors at defined early post graduate year levels and will assist in their development towards a career in surgery and other proceduralist careers. JDocs is not a program and only supports self-directed learning where the level of engagement is up to the doctor.

Following are the outlines of support provided by JDocs framework:

  • For prevocational doctors:
    –   As a guidance and support in becoming a safe, competent, professional doctor at work, and a collaborative member of the healthcare team.
    –   Key clinical tasks have been developed that represent professional activities undertaken in the clinical workplace, e.g. leading a ward round and discharging a patient.
    –   Note readiness for a registrar role
  • For directors of clinical training, supervisors and/or a medical education officers:
    –   As a tool to support feedback and assessment of junior doctors in the clinical workplace.
    –   Key clinical tasks are described at designated stages of training (PGY1–3), with a progression of skills throughout and should be performed by the doctor by PGY3.
    –   Guidelines for the key clinical tasks have been developed to support the supervisor in providing feedback to the doctor on performance.
  • For education providers:
    –   Encouragement to have their relevant prevocational activities/courses accredited for the JDocs Framework.
    –   Permission to use the course accreditation logo on their promotional material

The RACS has summarized what you can do with jdocs interested in a career in surgery:

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