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.

The HMO Tutorial Program is a comprehensive education program that aims to deliver a standardised curriculum of cancer-specific content each term. This program takes place on Fridays 1-2PM and attendance is compulsory, as it is a protected time for HMO education and light-lunch is provided.

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

  • grand rounds, held on Mondays at 13:00pm, details circulated via email
  • 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 the opportunity to participate in weekly medical oncology journal club, medical oncology department meetings, radiology meetings and inpatient care multidisciplinary team meetings.

HMOs have access to a number of online education resources.

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 Division of Cancer Surgery welcomes HMOs to our department and they are encouraged to participate in all the educational activities of the division. The weekly divisional meeting rotates through academic presentations, trainee presentations and divisional audit; all residents are expected to attend these meetings. The HMO program includes the Friday lunchtime meeting, where attendance is mandatory and HMOs will be covered during this time. During their time at Peter Mac, HMOs will likely work for several of the Tumour Streams. All have educational and patient multidisciplinary team meetings to which all residents are invited and welcomed. HMOs are welcome to come to the operating room and will be involved in operative procedures where appropriate.

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.