Professional Development Program for Doctors


The aim of this workshop is to develop strategies for supervision, focussed for example on difficult challenges, such as students with poor insight; trainees with inadequate knowledge, junior doctors with unhelpful interaction skills.

The clinical workplace is a setting with high activity that often inhibits extensive reflection and calm deliberation. Starting with a video-based example of how things might go wrong, both for staff and for the patient, we will look at the literature on supervision, identify approaches to the management of the poor performer, and work through some exercises analysing real life challenges in supervision.


Brian has interests in the development of clinical education generally and in the use of simulation for learning and assessment. He was Chief Investigator on an HWA funded project to review opportunities for using simulation in undergraduate medical curricula across Australia.

A graduate in Psychology, Brian began working in medical education in 1972, initially as a producer of medical educational media. In 1989 he obtained a UK Enterprise in Higher Education grant for staff development and student-centred education - at that time the largest ever grant awarded for medical education.

In 1993 he co-led a team in a successful tender to the Commonwealth Government of Australia for a research project to scope and advise on training for general practitioners.

His PhD was awarded for work on clinical education at Maastricht University, the Netherlands, having previously gained a master of education degree in curriculum studies in higher education from Sussex University in 1981. He became a full time academic in 1995.

In January 2002 he became Professor of Medical Education and Director, Centre for Medical and Health Sciences Education, Monash University. He was on the Federal Ministerial Steering Committee for the Australian Medical Education Study, and in 2008 in Melbourne co-hosted the Ottawa International Conference on Medical Education – Ozzawa 2008. He was a member of the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria, and of various committees associated with the Australian Curriculum Framework for Junior Doctors. He is a Deputy Editor of Medical Education.

He has over 130 peer-reviewed publications, has edited threer books, has two more in the pipeline, and contributed chapters to many more. He is the Professor of Medical Education in the Joint Medical Program of the Universities of Newcastle and New England.