HMO Year 2 & 3

St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne has a proven reputation in post graduate medical education. We are committed to providing programs that develop the professional, technical and scholarly skills of junior medical staff, while providing safe working conditions that centre on junior medical staff welfare.

St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne recognises the specific learning needs of junior medical staff entering their HMO2+ prevocational training years, whether employed in a surgical, medical or other training stream; including increased leadership roles, a growing after hours presence, and specialisation of interests and training requirements.

The HMO2+ Education and training programs are coordinated by the Director of Clinical Education and Simulation in conjunction with the Supervisors of Prevocational Training, Medical Education Officer and Directors of Physician and Surgical Training.

HMO2/3 Education Forum

The HMO2/3 Education Forum delivers targeted education to meet the learning and professional development needs of residents.  The forum provides an opportunity for two way communication between the resident medical officer group and broader hospital, on topics including management of the deteriorating patient, opioid withdrawal, STEMI management and decision making in end of life care.

Surgical Essentials for Residents Program

The Surgical Essentials for Residents program provides hands-on skills development, facilitated by specialists including consultant Surgeons, anaesthetists and intensivists.  Workshops include suturing and knot tying, laparoscopy, endoscopy, intercostal catheter insertion and management of neurosurgical emergencies.

Surgical Resident Education Programs

The weekly Surgical Resident Lecture Series is coordinated by the Surgical Residents Society, and provides comprehensive coverage of surgical pathology, principles and management.  The Generic Surgical Science Examination is required for entry into most surgical speciality programs, and St Vincent's Hospital offers an intensive three day GSSE preparation course twice yearly.  The program is the only one of its kind in Victoria, and includes lectures on physiology, pathology, pharmacology and anatomy to prepare trainees for their best exam outcome.

Basic Physician Training Lectures and Tutorials

SVHM provides a well- supported environment for trainees undertaking the RACP PREP program. The hospital is accredited as a level 3 hospital by the RACP and has a structured and comprehensive training program providing individual support for all trainees. SVHM has an outstanding reputation over many years for success in the RACP examinations.

There are general medical and subspecialty rotations available to enable trainees to experience a variety of disciplines prior to making a career pathway decision.

As part of the Physician Readiness for Expert Practice (PREP) program, all physician trainees have a Professional Development Supervisor and Educational Supervisor.  All trainees sitting the clinical exam have a consultant mentor with whom they meet with weekly and present long cases.


New residents and registrars undertake a half day orientation to the hospital with IT, security and others attending to make sure they are ready to hit the ground running.

Unit-Based Learning

Term Descriptions are provided for all Intern and Resident rotations, outlining the learning objectives, key contacts, rostering and other important information. Our network of Term Supervisors provide JMS with formal feedback each rotation.

JMS Survival Guide

The Survival Guide is updated by hospital staff each year to provide a one stop shop of useful hospital information, guidelines, procedures and clinical notes.

Clinical Education and Simulation Centre

St Vincent's Hospital Clinical Education and Simulation Centre provides learning opportunities across all specialties, utilising a range of educational technology and a purpose built teaching laboratory. Facilities include high fidelity manikins and a cadaveric anatomy laboratory in association with Melbourne University. The centre provides medical staff with the opportunity to practice and develop clinical skills in a safe environment.