The Director of Clinical Training plays an integral part in the training of junior doctors; in addition to their usual hospital commitments they provide support, supervision and counsel to pre-vocational doctors.
The role of the DCT
A document outlining the general duties and responsibilities of a DCT can be viewed here (PDF 99KB). Due to the various settings in which pre-vocational medical education takes place, the role of the DCT will vary slightly from hospital to hospital.
How to become a Director of Clinical Training
The Director of Clinical Training is recruited and appointed by the hospital. Appointments are usually made for a three-year term with a maximum of two terms (six years) and are usually one or two sessions per week.
Qualities of a Director of Clinical Training
A Director of Clinical Training should be a practising clinician with educational interest, teaching skills, management skills, motivated and able to motivate others, good time management and conflict resolution skills.
Resources available to assist the DCT
- PMCWA Accreditation Guidelines (PDF 1.3MB): One of the key components of the role of the DCT is to facilitate the hospital and individual department’s compliance with the PMCWA Accreditation Standards. These guidelines provide the details the standards which ensure each department is accredited in terms of supervision, education and clinical experience for JMOs.
- Australian Curriculum Framework for Junior Doctors (ACF): The ACF outlines the knowledge, skills and behaviours required of prevocational doctors and provides a framework for education and training activities.