Creating connections between scientists and clinicians
The Scientists in the Clinic program aims to engage both scientists and clinicians to participate in a two to three week experience (approximately 15 – 20 hours).
The model aims to provide connections between the participating scientists and clinicians. In addition, the model maps out the scientist's opportunity to see firsthand the complexities of clinical medicine, the approaches to care, and the interaction between clinicians, patients and carers.
Engaging scientists across the whole clinical landscape
The program aims to ensure scientists gain engagement across the whole clinical landscape, to gain key learnings and understand the whole clinical environment.
The timetable involves scientists rotating through a range of clinical environments, meetings and processes while being introduced to the clinical facilitators involved. For example, activities may involve attending consultant ward rounds, outpatient clinics, multi-disciplinary meetings, pathology meetings, unit education meetings and/or molecular haematology case discussions.
Program model development and pilot
The VCCC Scientists in the Clinical program model is based on a modified preceptorship model, developed by the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Scientists shadow clinicians, attending outpatient clinics, multi-disciplinary cancer meetings and ward rounds to gain unique clinical insights, creating create new connections and relationships.
The VCCC program was successfully piloted in partnership with the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. An online toolkit of resources has been produced from the pilot for other organisations to run a similar program within their own context. The toolkit aims to provide organisations with the key considerations and resources that enables a program like this to get up and running.