This week we will be welcoming forty new first-year doctors to the organisation. They have joined us from all over the country and the world, and we are excited to have them for the 2012/2013 training year.
These doctors will have a week of orientation which, this year, will include the inaugural Amazing Human Race. Over the course of Monday afternoon the doctors, in small groups, will need to navigate themselves around the hospital campus to find various “Destinations” and “Pit-stops.” At some of the “Destinations” they will need to undertake an activity with various hospital departments/services including Clinical Pharmacy, Blood Bank, Emergency Care, Clinical Coding, SmokeFree, Occupational Health, Infection Prevention and Control and Bereavement Care. So if you see a group of doctors looking lost on Monday afternoon please feel free to give them a bit of direction!
The weeklong programme also involves two and a half days of clinical skills training in CTEC, during which the doctors will have a chance to practice clinical procedures like chest drains, suturing, male catheter insertion, to name a few.
A Celebration Dinner will also be held at Ko Awatea on Wednesday 21 November. This will welcome the new doctors to Counties as well as thank the group who are finishing up their first year for their contribution to our organisation. The MC for the evening will be Dr David Galler, ICU consultant and Director of Clinical Leadership, Ko Awatea, and the keynote address will be given by Mr Andrew Connolly, General Surgeon and Head of Department.
On Friday the new doctors will spend most of the day on the wards with the house officer they will be taking over from come Monday. This will give them a chance to orientate themselves to their ward(s), other staff, and most importantly their patients as a thorough, smooth handover of patient care is of upmost importance.
The vision of Orientation Week is to deliver a programme that will increase patient safety, employee safety and operational efficiency.