Hospital Medical Officers (HMOs)

Peter Mac offers hospital medical officer (HMO) positions to postgraduate Year 2 (PGY2) and postgraduate Year 3 (PGY3) residents from the Royal Melbourne Hospital and St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne.

HMOs undertake a 13-week rotation in one of three speciality areas: Haematology, Surgical Oncology and Medical Oncology, across 12 cancer streams.

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

Furthermore, all HMOs will also have the opportunity to participate in

  • grand rounds
  • multidisciplinary team meetings, held across each tumour stream
  • relevant clinics and theatre

Formal education opportunities for each speciality are outlined below.


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

Other meetings include resident teaching for one hour each Friday, radiology for half hour each Thursday, MDT case conference for one and a half hours each Wednesday and pathology meetings for one hour every Wednesday.

HMOs in physician training are supervised with learning needs analysis and mini-CEX requirements.

Medical oncology

Teaching occurs during the consultant ward rounds three times per week. HMOs are provided additional education fortnightly on a Wednesday morning. Other learning opportunities include weekly medical oncology journal club, medical oncology department meetings, radiology meetings and inpatient multidisciplinary team meetings.

HMOs will be required and supported 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 the educational activities of the department. The weekly department meeting rotates through academic presentations, trainee presentations and divisional audits; attendance at these meetings is expected.

HMOs receive dedicated teaching ward rounds and skills labs three days a week. There is also protected theatre time where HMOs can be involved in operative procedures where appropriate. Attendance at other theatre sessions can also be facilitated when feasible.

All Tumour Streams have educational and patient multidisciplinary team meetings to which all residents are invited and welcomed.

Learning management system

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

You will be provided with your access details to the LMS and instructions on completing a selected number of modules prior to your commencement at Peter Mac.

Please contact Thao Nguyen (Medical Education Officer) or Lynn Orelli (HMO Manager) if you have any query regarding the LMS.