The Alfred Intensive care unit (ICU) is a major quarternary intensive care, one of the largest in Australasia with a diverse patient mix including heart and lung transplantation, bone marrow transplantation, burns, trauma, ECMO, Neurosurgery as well as general medical and surgical specialties.

We receive many requests for clinicians to visit our unit. Potentially these visits can take the form of the following:  

  • Sabbaticals for intensive care consultants.
  • Observerships.
  • Honorary Fellow Appointments

We appreciate that visiting another clinical unit is a great opportunity to enable the sharing of ideas, knowledge and skills. Many of our requests relate to particular sub-specialties of the ICU, in particular ECMO, heart and lung transplantation and trauma. We hope that coming to our unit is valuable to the visiting clinician while we also need to ensure that visits do not compete with the needs of our patients, staff, trainees and research programs. Unfortunately, the number of requests and the complexity of our clinical work means that we can only accommodate a proportion of the requests for visits to our unit. 

ALFRED ICU SABBATICALS 

The Alfred ICU is keen to support relevant sabbaticals from intensive care specialists. We would encourage these sabbaticals to focus on a particular aspect of our intensive care service.    

SABBATICAL POLICY

  • Medical sabbaticals are only available to qualified specialists, such as intensive care, or in special circumstances other medical specialties.
  • Only one sabbatical placement is available at any one time with the Alfred ICU.
  • Applications must be provided at least 6 months prior to commencement.
  • Sabbaticals are only available for between 2 and 6 months.
  • An Alfred ICU consultant must accept responsibility for the facilitation of the sabbatical.
  • There is no cost to the visitor for an Alfred ICU sabbatical.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

  • Application for Sabbatical to be sent to Janine Dyer (J.dyer@alfred.org.au).
    Application to include:
  • a.  Cover letter outlining the goals of the sabbatical and demonstrating support from the applicant’s hospital
    b.  Curriculum Vitae
    c.  Potential dates of the sabbatical.
    d.  If possible a potential Alfred ICU consultant facilitator for the sabbatical. 
  • The applicant will then need to be appointed as Honorary Medical Staff for the period of the sabbatical as per the following document: Appointment of Honorary Medical Staff, Alfred Health. Processing of the application will be done by the Alfred Medical Workforce Unit, not by the Alfred ICU.
  • Before the commencement of the sabbatical specific terms of reference for the attachment, including the specific goals of the sabbatical will need to be agreed to by:

    a.  The participant

    b.  Supervisor consultant

    c.  ICU director

    d.  Alfred hospital Chief Medical Officer. 

 


  

ALFRED ICU OBSERVERSHIPS


The Alfred ICU receives multiple requests for observerships. These are short visits by appropriately trained medical staff, either a consultant or senior trainee in intensive care medicine or a related field. These enable the visitor to observe clinical care provided in our ICU, potentially focusing on a specific area of intensive care. We have significant number of requests for observerships and will prioritise those that may enable clinicians to acquire information that may directly assist patients in their institution. Unfortunately, however we can only approve a very limited number of observerships due to the demands of patients care and clinician training in our unit. Placements for echocardiography, TOE and critical care ultrasound will not be considered. There are extremely limited opportunities available for observerships in ECMO.

 

OBSERVERSHIP POLICY 

  • Observerships are not available for longer than six weeks.
  • Only one observership is available at one time in the Alfred ICU. Concurrent
  • observerships will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.
  • The total number of observerships in any given year is limited to 6.
  • Applicants must be medical practitioners working as a specialist or senior trainee in intensive care or other relevant medical area. 
  • There is no cost for Alfred Health Intensive Care observerships.
  • Applications must be provided at least 3 months prior to commencement
  • Applications will only be considered from appropriately qualified medical staff.
  • A medical observer in the ICU may not participate in any patient care activities such as history taking, clinical examination or procedures.
  • An Alfred ICU consultant will need to accept responsibility for the facilitation of the observership.
     

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

  • Application for observership to be sent to Janine Dyer. J.dyer@alfred.org.au. Application to include:

    a.  Cover letter outlining the goals observership

    b.  Curriculum Vitae

    c.  Potential dates of the observership.

    d.  If possible potential Alfred ICU consultant facilitator for the fellowship. 

  • At this stage the application will be assessed by the Alfred ICU leadership team and if the application is successful an ICU consultant will be asked to facilitate the observership.
  • If the application is accepted, then the applicant will be expected to apply to the Alfred Hospital Medical Services as per the following document: Appointment of Medical Observers, Alfred Health. Alfred medical services will process the application, not the Alfred ICU. 
  • Before the commencement of the observership the specific goals of the placement must be agreed to by the 

    a. The participant

    b. Supervisor consultant

    c. ICU director

 



 ALFRED ICU HONORARY FELLOW POSITIONS

Honorary positions are some times available at the Alfred ICU for trainees in intensive care medicine from overseas who are funded by their own institution to come to the Alfred. Honorary fellowships are not encouraged for specific clinical portfolios within intensive care but preferred to participate in all the components of intensive care training offered by the Alfred.

HONORARY FELLOW POLICY 

  • Honorary fellow positions are available to overseas intensive care consultants or senior trainees who are able to meet the medical registration requirements of Victoria.
  • Are supported and funded by their own institution with a letter of support from the head of their intensive care unit. There will no funding or payment provided by Alfred Health to the honorary fellow.
  • Only one honorary fellow position is available at any one time with the Alfred ICU and depending on workload, it may not be appropriate to have any appointed.
  • Applications must be provided at least 6 months prior to commencement.
  • Honorary fellow positions are only available for 6 or, preferably, 12 month periods.
  • An ICU consultant will be appointed to facilitate the honorary fellowship.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS 

  • Application for honorary  fellowship to be sent to Janine Dyer. J.dyer@alfred.org.au. Application to include:

    a.  Cover letter outlining the goals fellowship and demonstrating support from the applicant’s hospital.

    b.  Curriculum Vitae

    c.  Potential dates of the fellowship.

    d.  If possible potential Alfred ICU consultant facilitator for the fellowship.

  • At this stage the application will be assessed by the Alfred ICU leadership team and if the application is successful an ICU consultant will be asked to facilitate the fellowship.
  • The applicant will need to be appointed as Honorary Medical Staff for the period of the fellowship as per the following document: Appointment of Honorary Medical Staff, Alfred Health. Processing of the application will be done by the Alfred Medical Workforce Unit, not the Alfred Intensive Care Unit.
  • Before the commencement of the fellowship terms of reference for the attachment, including the specific goals of the fellowship will need to formulated and agreed to by: 

    a. The participant

    b. Supervisor consultant

    c. ICU director