Royal North Shore Hospital

Training Positions

Core: One F/T Advanced Trainee position available for 2023
Accredited for 2 positions and actively seeking additional funding for FTE or 0.5 FTE


Current Trainee/s

Dr Louise Koller-Smith


Patient Services per Standard Week

In-patients: 5-15
Daily ward management by BPT and Intern overseen by the AT
In-patient consults: 5-10 per week 
AT first call for consults during Mon-Fri work hours for in-patients at RNS and Ryde hospitals.
Out-patient clinics – 3 weekly AT clinics – 2 x general rheumatology and 1 x Rapid Access/acute cases

Additional Speciality clinics monthly/quarterly

  • SLE/Vasculitis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Osteoporosis Refracture Prevention
  • Osteoarthritis Chronic Care
  • Biologics
  • Early Arthritis
  • Acute and Chronic MSK Pain


Requirements for On Call / Afterhours (including weekends)

Participates in general hospital medical afterhours for all ATs.
Rheumatology afterhours to be discussed with incoming AT depending on availability and department need. ~ 1 weekend in 3 Saturday round 


Education Activities

  • Journal Club – weekly (presenting ~ 1 in 6 weeks)
  • Case Discussion & Topic review – weekly – (presenting 1 in 3 weeks)
  • Vasculitis MDT / Complex Case Conference -Rheumatology/Renal/Immunology/Pathology - monthly
  • ILD MDT / Complex Case Conference Respiratory/Rheumatology - monthly
  • Rheumatology Radiology meeting – monthly
  • Friday Peer Review / Case Discussion with private rheumatologists / M&M – fortnightly
  • Anatomy and examination tutorials – fortnightly
  • Present at Grand Rounds twice per year; NSW ARA monthly meeting once per year.


Teaching Responsibilities

  • Bed-side teaching Intern and BPT
  • Med 1 MSK clinical exam tutorials – 2 per year
  • BPT rheumatology short case workshop – 1 per year


Research Interests of Unit

Multiple excellent opportunities to be involved in research projects. All levels of involvement are encouraged and actively supported with protected time – RACP projects; Masters; PhDs; national and international projects and publication opportunities. The RNSH Rheumatology and Northern Clinical School team have an outstanding track record of successful MD, Honours, Masters and PhD with 50+ completions with current supervisors. Expertise available in basic science, epidemiology, clinical studies, implementation science and policy development. Rheumatology RNSH is a key member of the Kolling Institute MSK Priority Research Area, the Institute of Bone and Joint Research, the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence Better Outcomes for Inflammatory Arthritis and the Sydney University Faculty of Medicine and Health Musculoskeletal Flagship. 

Rheumatology staff researchers 

  • Prof David Hunter – Osteoarthritis Chronic Care Programs – hospital and community OA management, OMERACT OA Flare, OMERACT Readiness for Joint Arthroplasty, OA Investigator and Pharma Clinical trials, Stem Cells in OA 
  • Dr Rodger Laurent – Back Pain model of care, quality indicators, clinical audit
  • Prof Lyn March – Inflammatory Arthritis clinical trials, Patient Reported Outcomes, National Registry and Biobanking (A3BC), Osteoporosis Refracture Prevention; Burden of MSK Disease; Global MSK Health Alliance GMUSC Home Office, OMERACT groups – OA Flare, Composite measures methodology, Shared Decision Making, Longitudinal RA studies, Contextual factors, Adherence to RA Medication, Patient Perspectives in RA Remission. 
  • A/Prof Sean O’Neill - SLE National Registry; SLE clinical trials; Patient Reported Outcomes; SLE biobanking; Basic science, epidemiological and clinical programs.
  • Dr Rani Sinnathurai – Psoriatic Arthritis SIG, Patient Reported Outcomes; Clinical Trials; A3BC biobanking
  • A/Prof Meilang Xue – Director, Sutton Rheumatism Research Laboratory – inflammatory arthritis, SLE, wound healing, vascular inflammation, animal and human work
  • Dr Shirley Yu – completing PhD – OA outcomes and individual patient unit data analysis; OA clinical trials

Kolling Affiliates and MSK Priority Research Area on shared campus

  • Prof Manuela Ferreira – Lead, Back Pain Research group & MSK Surgical RCTs
  • Prof Chris Little – Director Raymond-Purves Orthopaedic Research Laboratory
  • Prof William Walter – Director, Institute of Bone and Joint Research
  • Prof Elizabeth Clarke – Director, Murray-Maxwell Biomechanics Research Laboratory


Head of Unit

Prof Lyn March AM
ph: 02 94631887



  • Dr Rodger Laurent
  • Prof David Hunter
  • A/Prof Sean O’Neill
  • Dr Shirley Yu
  • Dr Rani Sinnathurai
  • Dr Beatrice Janssen (VMO)
  • A/Prof Les Schrieber (HMO)
  • Dr Shikta Dey (locum)
  • Dr Leticia Deveza (locum)


  • Dr Penny Savvas
  • Dr Sally Preston
  • Dr Mark Podgorski
  • Dr Greg Carr



  • Busy and rewarding rotation.
  • Many learning opportunities with attentive supervision and support.



Years 1, 2, 3 would be considered for this position.

Essential criteria:

  • MBBS or equivalent, currently registered or eligible for registration with the Medical Board of Australia
  • Completed FRACP Part 1
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary clinical team - diligence, punctuality, organization, record keeping, time management, problem solving skills, teamwork
  • Excellent theoretical knowledge and clinical judgement
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written) with patients, their families, medical and non-medical colleagues
  • Demonstrates ability to provide empathetic and expert clinical care
  • Demonstrated Commitment to ongoing Advanced Training education, research, teaching and quality improvement


Flexible Training

Job-share would be considered.