Hospital Medical Officer (HMO) education

We offer hospital medical officer positions to postgraduate Year 2 (PGY2) and postgraduate Year 3 (PGY3) residents from the Royal Melbourne Hospital and St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne

Hospital Medical Officers (HMO) undertake a 13-week rotation across 12 cancer streams in one of three speciality areas: 

  • Haematology 

  • Surgical Oncology  

  • Medical Oncology

There is a dedicated HMO Tutorial Program that delivers a curriculum of cancer-specific content each term. This program takes place on Fridays 1-2PM and you must attendance. 

Furthermore, all HMOs will participate in:

  • grand rounds 

  • multidisciplinary team meetings, held across each tumour stream 

  • relevant clinics and theatre 

Formal education opportunities for each speciality  


Formal teaching occurs during consultant ward rounds and for one hour each Thursday afternoon. 

Other meetings include resident teaching for  

  • one hour each Friday 

  • radiology for half an hour each Thursday 

  • MDT case conference for one and a half hours each Wednesday  

  • pathology meetings for one hour every Wednesday 

We supervise HMOs in physician training with learning needs analysis and mini-CEX requirements. 

Medical oncology 

Teaching occurs during the consultant ward rounds three times per week. We provide HMOs additional education fortnightly on Wednesday mornings. Other learning opportunities include  

  • weekly medical oncology journal club 

  • medical oncology department meetings  

  • radiology meetings  

  • inpatient multidisciplinary team meetings

We require and support HMOs to complete training requirements of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, or other relevant training bodies. 

Surgical oncology 

The Department of Cancer Surgery encourages HMOs to participate in its educational activities. The weekly department meeting rotates through academic presentations, trainee presentations and divisional audits; we expect you to attend these meetings. 

HMOs receive dedicated teaching ward rounds and skills labs three days a week. There is also protected theatre time where we can involve HMOs in operative procedures where appropriate. We can also facilitate attendance at other theatre sessions when feasible. 

All Tumour Streams have educational and patient multidisciplinary team meetings that we invite and welcome all residents to attend. 

Learning management system 

We use an online learning management system - Peter Mac Education Portal (LMS) - to deliver orientation and education materials to our medical staff. 

We will give you your access details to the LMS and instructions on completing a selected number of modules before starting with us. 

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Medical Education Officer) if you have any queries about the LMS.

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