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13th February, 2023

NSW Heath Pathology is pleased to welcome 31 new Junior Medical Officers starting their pathology traineeships with us in the 2023 Clinical year.

Pathol­o­gy trainees are the future of our med­ical work­force and a cru­cial part of our organisation. 

There is a short­age of spe­cial­ist pathol­o­gists inter­na­tion­al­ly and across Aus­tralia and we are work­ing with NSW Health and the Roy­al Col­lege of Pathol­o­gists of Aus­trala­sia (RCPA) to recruit, train and retain the next gen­er­a­tion in all disciplines. 

Of our new recruits: 25 will train in Anatom­i­cal Pathol­o­gy; 5 in Micro­bi­ol­o­gy; and 1 in Foren­sic Medicine.

They’ll rotate through our met­ro­pol­i­tan lab­o­ra­to­ries as well as some of our region­al labs in Orange, Wag­ga Wag­ga and Tam­worth, and our Foren­sic Med­i­cine Lid­combe facil­i­ty. This year, we were also pleased to secure fund­ing for a sec­ond trainee posi­tion at Nepean.


Pic of three pathology trainees at Forensic Medicine Lidcombe

Three of our new pathol­o­gy trainees on an ori­en­ta­tion vis­it to our Foren­sic Medicine
ser­vice at Lidcombe.The trainees will learn how to nav­i­gate the exhil­a­rat­ing and chal­leng­ing world of diag­nos­tic pathol­o­gy and con­tribute to ongo­ing explo­ration and cat­e­gori­sa­tion of human diseases.

On 8 and 9 Feb­ru­ary 2023 they attend­ed ori­en­ta­tion at the RCPA, a pri­vate pathol­o­gy lab­o­ra­to­ry and the NSW Min­istry of Health. The events were an oppor­tu­ni­ty to build friend­ships and sup­port net­works that will be need­ed in the tough but reward­ing years ahead.

The NSW Pathol­o­gy Train­ing Pro­gram, run by NSW Health Pathol­o­gy, the RCPA and NSW Min­istry of Health, is one of the most rig­or­ous in Aus­tralia. It takes 5 years to qual­i­fy for RCPA fel­low­ship, with a strong empha­sis on aca­d­e­m­ic and prac­ti­cal learning.

NSW Health Pathol­o­gy employs approx­i­mate­ly 120 junior doc­tors each year in trainee/registrar posi­tions across NSW, most­ly in Anatom­i­cal Pathology.

We recent­ly added Res­i­dent Med­ical Offi­cer (RMO) posi­tions to allow junior doc­tors to have a 12-week expe­ri­ence in Anatom­i­cal Pathol­o­gy before they com­mit to a career via the Annu­al Med­ical Recruit­ment process.


Anatomical Pathology Training Coordinator Dr Lisa Parker, NSWHP CHief Pathologist and Director of Medical Services Dr Michael Whiley with a JMO.
Our Anatom­i­cal Pathol­o­gy Train­ing Coor­di­na­tor Dr Lisa Park­er and NSWHP Chief Pathol­o­gist and Direc­tor of Med­ical Ser­vices Dr Michael Whiley with Maria Vas­sili, our A/Medical Work­force Team Leader.



New Microbiology trainees learned from senior trainees at the RCPA orientation on Wednesday 8 February 2023.
Micro­bi­ol­o­gy trainees learned from senior trainees at the RCPA ori­en­ta­tion on Wednes­day 8 Feb­ru­ary 2023.


Pathology trainee Brett Fivelman
Pathol­o­gy trainee Brett Fivelman.


Pathology trainee Sewon Kim.
Pathol­o­gy trainee Sewon Kim.


Forensic Pathology trainee Michael Chang
Our Foren­sic Pathol­o­gy trainee Michael Chang.


Chief Pathologist Michael Whiley presenting
Our Chief Pathol­o­gist Dr Michael Whiley pre­sent­ing to trainees at the RCPA ori­en­ta­tion event.



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