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Entrustable Professional Activities (EPA's) in Undergraduate Medicine

Posted by Professor Mike O’Connor AM on 2 December 2019
Entrustable Professional Activities (EPA's) in Undergraduate Medicine
Definition EPA's are a set of basic competencies required for professional life. They are put in place to replace mere time-related education programs and focus on the capacity of the student to perform the required tasks in their early professional career. The concept evolved in 2005. NSW Health requirements of medical schools are that they deliver medical graduates with sufficient capacities to function adequately during their intern year (which may well become 2 years in the futu...
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Reproductive Aspects of Acute Appendicitis

Posted by Professor Mike O’Connor AM on 26 July 2018
Reproductive Aspects of Acute Appendicitis
Introduction Appendicitis most often occurs between the ages of 10 19 years, with an incidence of between 19-28 per 10,000 before the age of 14 years. Less than 7 per 10,000 children present with appendicitis before the age of 4 years & less than 5% of presentations with appendicitis occur before the age of 5 years.  Causation  In tropical climates the cause is often a parasitic worm (pinworm or roundworm) causing obstr...
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Women's Health Screening _Quo Vadis?

Posted by Professor Mike O’Connor AM on 15 February 2018
The recent Federal Government decision to rebate cervical cancer screening only every 5 years and to only rebate for screening after the age of 24 years and under the age of 74 years raises the question as to whether other aspects of women's health could be also screened far less frequently. That could be an unintended negative consequence of the recent Government funding decision.  The chance of an Australian woman being diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer by age 85 is 1:5...
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Inaugural South Pacific Medical Student's Medical Camp

Posted by Professor Mike O’Connor AM on 1 January 2018
I recently returned from the inaugural South Pacific Medical Student's Medical Camp in Malolo Island, Fiji. 120 medical students from Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Papua New Guinea as well as New Zealand and Australia spent a week on a tribal area in the school grounds courtesy of the local chief. The dais was a single structure decorated with palm leaves and the audience sat under a similar structure 25 metres away. There were some fascinating lectures from plant biologists, climatologists,...
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