2014 PiVE Conference Program

Essential Skills for Practice Success: Keeping your practice on the Sharp Edge of the Educational Roundabout, 17-18 July 2014

Day 1: Thursday, July 17
8.15 am Conference registration opens
8:45 am Conference welcome
9:00 am

Helping junior colleagues navigate difficult transitions
Professor John August-  Evelyn Williams Visiting Scholar
Texas A&M University

The relatively passive environment of the large classroom is very different from that of the teaching hospital and practices in which students are expected to express opinions and communicate effectively with clients and clinicians.  How do we help students and young professionals make this and other important transitions in their early career development?

10:00 am

Clinical reasoning: Is pattern recognition evil?
Emeritus Professor Paul Canfield
University of Sydney

How do you help a junior colleague decide on when to use pattern recognition (System 1 thinking) or the analytical problem orientated approach (System 2 thinking) to diagnose a case?  Should they be using both in tandem?
Paul might surprise you about how he thinks about the diagnostic process. However, those of you that know him are probably past being surprised by his peccadilloes and eccentricities!

11:30 am Morning tea
12:00 pm

An introduction to mentoring future professionals
Professor John August– Evelyn Williams Visiting Scholar
Texas A&M University

Students and early-career professionals benefit greatly from
effective mentoring from strong role models.  But how do we assume
this essential responsibility?  A mentoring model will be introduced   that can be implemented in practices for the professional development of all members of the clinical team.

1:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm

Mentoring workshop with case studies
Professor John August– Evelyn Williams Visiting Scholar
Texas A&M University

Participants, working in small groups, will apply the mentoring model to case studies that illustrate common problems encountered by students and early-career veterinarians.  Each group will then present their recommendations to promote discussion and sharing of opinions.

4:00 pm Afternoon tea
4:30 pm

‘Cognitive Pills for Cognitive Ills’ in Clinical Reasoning
Emeritus Professor Paul Canfield
Sydney University 

How many of you know that you use bias everyday in making diagnoses? How many of you resort to mental short cuts (heuristics) in diagnosis to get through the case load so that you can finally go home? If you do, then you know that sometimes they can lead to mistakes ; so, how can you help junior colleagues avoid making mistakes in diagnosis?
Paul suggests that he is qualified to talk about this by virtue of making all the mistakes possible through using bias and heuristics. See if you can match him!

5:30 pm Closing remarks
6:30 pm Conference Dinner and awards
After Dinner Speaker: Professor Paul Canfield
Day 2:  Friday, July 18
8.00 am Conference registration opens
8:30 am

Facilitating effective small-group discussions
Professor John August– Evelyn Williams Visiting Scholar
Texas A&M University

Small-group discussions provide important opportunities for students and veterinarians to work collaboratively, express opinions, debate ideas, and reflect critically on their understanding of the subject being discussed.  To meet these goals, facilitators must have exceptional skills in planning, questioning, active listening, reinforcing, and summarizing. 

9:30 am

How does the profession adapt to the diversity of backgrounds in the emerging graduates now and into the future
Professor Michelle Lincoln : Deputy Dean of Health Sciences
University of Sydney

Veterinary practice has effectively adapted to the change from a male to a female dominated profession over the past few decades. We are now experiencing an increase in graduates from international backgrounds in the profession. Many of these students will end up staying in Australia and entering the local workforce. How do we optimise the changing environment.

10:30 am Morning tea
11:00 am

Managing student diversity in clinical learning environments - some insights and some strategies.
Eva King: PhD candidate
University of Queensland 

Veterinary students who come from non-English speaking backgrounds can find clinic–based learning very challenging. Equally, it can be challenging for clinicians who are tasked with supervising these students – how do you negotiate these cultural and linguistic differences, to ensure effective learning takes place?
Taking data collected from final year students, Eva will explain how cultural and linguistic factors drive learning behaviours and provide some simple strategies for time-poor clinicians to employ, such that students from diverse backgrounds can maximize uptake of clinical learning opportunities.

12:00 pm

Preparing a presentation for veterinary audiences
Professor John August– Evelyn Williams Visiting Scholar
Texas A&M University

At some time, most of us are asked to give a lecture to students or our peers.  Today’s learners expect an educational experience that is interactive and entertaining.  How do we prepare a presentation that engages the audience, maintains interest, and achieves the desired learning outcomes in this age of short attention spans? 

1:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm

Tips on really effective feedback for student interns struggling with their clinical performance
Professor  Grahame Feletti : Educational consultant to the Faculty of Veterinary Science University of Newcastle and
Dr. John Baguley: Registrar Veterinary Practitioners Board of NSW

As outlined in earlier sessions, today's students come from different cultural backgrounds, have different learning approaches and motivations for becoming veterinarians, thus making traditional feedback methods highly suspect. In addition to being unhelpful for students who perform poorly, traditonal feedback methods may not always prepare all students to be lifelong learners.

This session provides new perspectives and strategies for empowering students and changing the focus of supervisors' feedback. It will adopt a combination of tips, video-examples and practical exercises to help participants improve the effectiveness of feedback. Extramural supervisors will be invited to reflect on their use of feedback options for improving not only interns' clinical performance, but also their own status as lifelong colleagues and mentors.

3:30 pm Afternoon tea
4:00 pm Closing remarks