This is a unique course that allows the student or junior doctor to understand how they can develop their professional skills so that they will be successful in their medical career progression. The course will also allow participants to learn from trainees as well as experienced tutors on how candidates achieve success.

Medical students and junior doctors spend a significant period of time acquiring the knowledge and training to ensure they are work ready from a practical skills perspective. The changing landscape of the healthcare system means students are often unprepared to navigate the competitive landscape of their own medical career. This course is designed to address this knowledge gap and provides a strategic roadmap to allow students to develop new skills and understanding on how to create and maximise their career choices. Obtain insights into the competitive recruitment process and assemble the necessary elements to ensure you present your best case for medical career success. Highlights of this course include how to develop your own competitive CV; how to develop, execute and promote your research capabilities; understand which conferences are worth targeting; and develop a strategy to meet the challenge of difficult questions associated with professional interviews and public presentations.

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Designed For

Highly recommended for medical students and junior doctors up to a Registrar level.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop strategies to enhance your career progression through optimising daily work practice and leveraging the experience of your immediate team and professional network
  2. Understand and apply a systematic approach to maximise choices and achieve career goals
  3. Develop the practical skills to craft your CV including referee selection strategy to improve your chance of specialist training selection
  4. Understand the scientific approach to execute a successful clinical research project which is achievable, meaningful and suitable for publication and presentation
  5. Develop presentation skills and apply reliable methods for optimal interview performance

Course Units

  • Tutorial 1: Choosing the right career path
  • Tutorial 2: Maximising in-field experience
  • Tutorial 3: Mentor selection to ensure a great reference
  • Tutorial 4: Improve your chance of gaining entry into SET training
  • Tutorial 5: Key ingredients for a successful CV
  • Tutorial 6: Plan your research project for publication success
  • Tutorial 7: Conference strategy
  • Tutorial 8: Elevate your presentation skills
  • Tutorial 9: Interview preparation tips and techniques

Knowledge and Skills

  • Obtain deep insights into the reasoning behind interview questions and how to answer difficult questions
  • Develop sound research methodology skills and identify high impact projects to improve publication and presentation opportunities
  • Understand what consultants require from trainees and students to maximise in-field experience and obtain strong references
  • How to structure your CV and highlight your competitive advantage
  • Understand and learn about the “actual” career pathway from day one medical training through to fellow/consultant


A certificate will be issued on successful completion of 9 self-assessment units and 4 case studies.

Delivery Mode

Course completion requires approximately 15 hours of e-learning. This course is delivered online and students can study in their own time and location. Course materials can be accessed using a web browser.


"The course is incredibly useful. It had great advice on career progression, interviewing and presenting research. I was most impressed with the tone that the course had. It was relaxed and focussed not only on career progression but also finding the right career for you and balancing your life and career."

-Joe Cavanagh, MBBS Student

"Pitched perfectly to medical students, this course helped me understand things about successful career progression that are seldom taught in medical school, such as how to develop a medical CV, get started on a research project and present research effectively. While oriented towards surgery, much of the advice and practical strategies are also applicable to those who are undecided about their career path."

-Past Student

Course Leaders

Associate Professor Justin Yeung

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Associate Professor Justin Yeung is a Consultant colorectal surgeon and the Academic Head of the Department of Surgery at Western Health. He graduated from Nottingham University (United Kingdom (UK)) and completed his general surgical and colorectal specialist training in Nottingham (UK). He then undertook a pelvic floor and laparoscopic fellowship in Sheffield (UK), a leading centre for colorectal and pelvic floor conditions. In 2008, he was awarded a HCA International Foundation scholarship. This allowed him to complete a year-long colorectal fellowship at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (Melbourne, Australia) where he gained experience in the surgical management of complex colorectal and recurrent cancer. In 2010, he returned to the UK and was appointed as a Consultant Laparoscopic Colorectal, General and Pelvic Floor Surgeon at the University Hospitals of Leicester. He continued to develop his interests in both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and training, in particular simulation, as well as research into colorectal cancer with the University of Leicester Cancer Research Centre (UK). In recognition of these efforts, he was awarded the honorary title of Senior Lecturer in 2016 at the University of Leicester.

Dr Krinal Mori

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Dr Krinal Mori is a Consultant General Surgeon at Northern and Austin Health. He is a lecturer at Northern Clinical School, University of Melbourne and Surgical Education Lead at the Northern Health. He also works at Austin Health as Obesity and Metabolic Surgeon. After compleing his surgical training in Victoria -Tasmania in 2015, he did two years of post-fellowship training in General and Bariatric Surgery at Northern and Austin hospitals. He has completed Graduate Diploma in Surgical Education (Uni-Melb) and has keen interest in various levels of surgical education from undergraduate to post-fellowship, including its transition. He is currently involved in guiding and mentoring junior doctors at Northern Health with their professional development and career progression.


  • Dr Chiu Kang
  • Dr Angus Hann
  • Dr Dan Cox
  • Dr Candyce Cheng
  • Ms Irene Deftereos
  • Dr Ryan Newbold

Course Fees

Course fees are A$250 (incl. GST) for Doctors and A$100 (incl. GST) for Medical Students.

Application Procedure

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Course Information


For Doctors: AUD $250 (incl. GST)

For Medical Students: AUD $100 (incl. GST)



Entry requirements

There is no set entry requirements for this course.