Introduction to the RANZCP Scholarly Project – Dr Doug Blomeley
Dr Doug Blomeley, BMBS, BN, MPSYCH is a clinical lecturer at the Deakin University School of Medicine. After graduating from medical school, Dr Blomeley was awarded the Royal Australasian College of Physicians Prize in Clinical Medicine. He is also an honorary research associate with St Vincent’s Mental Health Service.
Whatever you do, it can take a variety of forms, such as a literature review, an audit, a case series, gathering some data or original research; or if you’ve got an idea, you can apply to submit a so-called ‘other’ project.
In some ways this [requirement to undertake a scholarly project] can be seen as replacing what was the first presentation case under the 2003 regulations; this is the 2012 equivalent.
If you’re finding the scholarly project an anxiety-provoking experience, you’re certainly not alone.
Dr Blomeley begins his presentation by giving some background on the introduction of the scholarly project, and his presentation will give some practical advice on how to approach these.
He lays out the requirements and justifications for exemptions.
He explains that there are 3 rounds of marking per year for scholarly projects and a 3-month wait for results. He explains that not undertaking the project may become a barrier to progression.
He then describes his scholarly project and the outcomes of his systematic review, engaging with the audience during his presentation.
Dr Blomeley suggests that the most important consideration when choosing a topic is to ensure it is something enjoyable. He indicates that while he was not keen to undertake the project, to begin with, he found himself becoming enthusiastic about it after starting. He suggests finding a supervisor who shares a passion for the chosen topic, as they can be key for helping complete the project.
He concludes this segment by suggesting candidates consider undertaking some administrative or other tasks for people who assist you – as a means of returning the favour.
Take Home Messages:
- It is important to undertake a scholarly project to avoid it becoming a barrier to progression.
- Choosing a subject area or topic you are passionate about is very important.
- Identifying a supervisor who shares in this passion and has research expertise in the chosen area is helpful.