Prince of Wales Hospital

Training Positions

Core: 1

Current trainee/s

Information pending

Patient Services per standard week

The Rheumatology Unit provides in-patient and out-patient services as well as an on-call service and consult service for adult patients in Prince of Wales Hospital with complex inflammatory, immunological and degenerative musculoskeletal conditions. The Unit also provides an on- call consultation service for patients in the Royal Women’s Hospital with pregnancy associated musculoskeletal conditions.

The AT will be expected to attend regular ward rounds with each of the Rheumatology staff specialists and to manage all of the medical issues that arise with Rheumatology in-patients. The AT will be expected to attend all new patient and follow-up out-patient clinics as well as a ‘recently discharged’ patient clinic, vasculitis clinic and paediatric rheumatology clinic. They will also attend the monthly interstitial lung disease and pulmonary hypertension MDT meetings. The AT is responsible for producing the list of cases for regular radiology meeting, presenting and discussing appropriate journal articles in depth and for case presentations and literature review for clinical meetings.

Requirements for On Call/Afterhours (including weekends):

The successful candidate would be expected to:

  • Be the first on- call for Rheumatology from 8.30 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday, there is a consultant on-call after hours
  • Participate in the after-hours medical registrar roster as determined by the Director of Medicine (including rostered weekend shifts)
  • Participate in the Prince of Wales Hospital Rheumatology on-call roster, supervised by a consultant.

Education Activities

  • The Rheumatology Unit has regular radiology, journal club and M and M meetings as well as a weekly clinical case meeting combined with St George Hospital, Wollongong Hospital and consultant rheumatologists in private practice (The Friday Group)
  • Present at Hospital Grand Rounds twice a year and at the ARA NSW monthly meeting (once a year)
  • Attend monthly ARA NSW Rheumatology registrar tutorial program which is held in various hospital Rheumatology units (as per the program provided after appointment is confirmed)
  • Attend the monthly ARA NSW clinical Rheumatology meeting held at Concord hospital 
  • Attend and contribute in quality improvement and peer review processes of the Department of Medicine
  • Attend and contribute to continuing medical education program including Grand Rounds and Registrar Training Sessions
  • Undertake (or continue) a feasible research project to satisfy RACP training requirements and develop research skills
  • Attend comprehensive orientation program, including compulsory training sessions, organised by the hospital during the first week of employment
  • Department specific orientation is ordinarily undertaken on the first day of rostered clinical work
  • Complete on-line and practical Mandatory Training as required by South Eastern Sydney LHD and Prince of Wales Hospital.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Participate in the University of NSW medical school teaching programme
    • The Department of Rheumatology has undergraduate medical students from the University of NSW attached to the unit and the AT is expected to be involved in regular tutorials with them as well as teaching in the out-patient clinics.
  • Involvement in the Basic Physician Trainee tutorial program, including practice short and long cases
  • Participate in teaching programme for Junior Medical Officers and Medical Students
  • Supervision of Junior Medical Officers and Medical Students

Research Interests of Unit

The AT is expected be involved in a research project as per the RACP guidelines and to present results and conclusions at the ARA NSW annual scientific meeting if appropriate. The project should be discussed with consultants as soon as possible after appointment to the unit, so that Ethics Committee submission can be expedited.

Recent projects include:

  • Post-operative outcomes of patients with aortitis
  • The First Nations experience of rheumatology services in a metropolitan hospital
  • Prevalence of neuropsychiatric SLE in psychosis patients with a positive ANA
  • Review of biologic and other DMARDs exposure in pregnant patients contacting the Royal Women’s Hospital for advice

Head of Unit

Dr Tony Sammel


Dr Amel Katrib
Dr Arvin Damodaran
Dr Jim Bertouch


The Unit staff specialists will provide a regular monthly tutorial program for the AT on various topics related to Rheumatology. The weekly timetable is provided in the downloadable document below.


Selection criteria

  • MBBS or equivalent, successful completion of the FRACP Written and Clinical Examinations
  • Current registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) or eligible for same
  • Demonstrable experience and skills in General Medicine and Rheumatology
  • Drivers licence class C
  • Participation in CPD programme
  • Good communication skills and organisational skills
  • High commitment to education and Ability to work in a team environment.

For the full position description please click here.