COVID-19 and its global impacts significantly limited opportunities for classroom-style teaching and learning in 2020. However, I was very fortunate in being involved with the weekly exam preparation sessions arranged by a group of Basic Physician Trainees (BPTs) based in Sydney. Though early-morning Zoom calls every Saturday meant Friday nights tended to be uneventful, it was a wonderful opportunity to revise medicine. At some point during these ongoing sessions, I began to think about creating what would eventually become MCQs4BPTs. As I began discussing the thought with colleagues, I was once again fortunate in finding our group of contributors. They not only helped by providing critical practical contributions to the project, but they also helped strengthen my belief in the importance and viability of MCQs4BPTs. Some of these people I have known for over a decade, and some I have seen grow blossom from their early days as interns into exceedingly capable doctors.
My passion for teaching also led to the following:
• Revise Nephrology – an annual weekend nephrology revision programme launched in 2015 that is designed for trainees preparing for the FRACP examination. In 2020, Revise Nephrology went hybrid and was attended by 224 BPTs.
• Australia and New Zealand General Medicine Update (ANZGMU) – an annual medical conference launched in 2019 that is designed to provide a curated selection of relevant topics in internal medicine with updated information about new strategies, evolving best practise and recent guidelines.
• Lecture Notes Nephrology: A Comprehensive Guide to Renal Medicine – a renal medicine handbook published in 2020 by Wiley-Blackwell. An ideal study guide for trainee doctors, this accessible resource combines the depth of a textbook with the accessibility of a handbook.
I’ve had a very lucky career. I’ve met and learnt from so many wonderful people – dedicated doctors from the level of interns to senior consultants, medical students, nurses and even the occasional patient. I will be eternally grateful to all of them for making my journey a joyful and fulfilling one. And I shall always stay grateful to Steve Jobs for his eternal words… stay hungry, stay foolish.