See the following interview to learn more about Jeff Hamdorf’s longstanding involvement with simulation in WA
What is your role in simulation?
Director/Professor of Surgical Education at The Clinical Training and Evaluation Centre (CTEC) – UWA
Who do you instruct/teach?
I teach at many levels from the most junior university students, first year science, all the way up to senior consultants and that means occasionally people older than me! I think the most rewarding is the engaging with Junior doctors and medical students who are able to have immediate practical application of the skills they have learnt. A great example of this is the suture workshops we run for second year medical students in the first week of their clinical attachment. Following this day, they join us in the operating theatre and are able to immediately apply the skills they’ve learnt in in terms of technical aspects but also learn to become members of the theatre team.
What advantages do you think simulation affords health care training?
The opportunity to acquire and then practice skills in a safe environment.The opportunity to assess health care workers away from the bedside.
When did you first get started with simulation-based training?
Too long ago. In 1999, the year before CTEC opened we ran 45 workshops. In those days we were really concentrating mainly on surgical trainees and surgeons in practice.
Have you received any accolades that relate to your simulation-based work?
I was awarded Membership of the Order of Australia in January 2019. The award recognised two aspects of my professional life namely, medical education and services to surgery, particularly in bariatric surgery. To be rewarded in such a way for doing my job was a real thrill.
In both my surgery and simulation work I have been extremely lucky to have been able to build teams who work well and share vision and goals.