Becoming an Intern or Registrar at VIFM

Forensic Medicine Registrars

Applications for 3 or 6 month terms are sought from RACGP, FACEM and Sexual Health Medicine trainees and registrars. These positions are accredited for Special Skills training.

We offer excellent, well-supported training and practical experience in:

  • Injury documentation and interpretation
  • Clinical photography
  • Sexual assault examination
  • Forensic evidence collection
  • Medico-legal reports/ police statements
  • Giving evidence in court
  • Ethical issues/ dealing with police

Opportunities exist also for exposure to the fields of forensic pathology and toxicology.

This is a unique position offering a friendly, non-hospital based experience. You will acquire practical, sought-after skills which you will use throughout your career.

A current driver’s licence is essential and successful applicants will undergo a criminal records check.

Further information may be obtained from:

Dr Nicola Cunningham or Dr Angela Sungaila
Division of Clinical Forensic Medicine
Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine
Tel: (03) 9684 4480
Email: nicolac@vifm.org

Expressions of interest together with a curriculum vitae nominating two referees should be forwarded to:

Manager Human Resources

Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine
57-83 Kavanagh Street
Southbank Victoria 3006
or email to: jobs@vifm.org

For more information about working at VIFM, check out Information for CFM Registrars and Interns page here.

 

Forensic Pathology Registrars

Training for doctors in forensic pathology is available at the Institute as part of the post graduate training program operated through the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.

To enter pathology training in Australia a medical graduate must have completed their intern year (PGY1) and will usually have undertaken a number of hospital resident jobs (PGY’s 2 and 3). They need to apply for registrar positions in pathology either in response to hospital job advertisements or to State training scheme advertisements.

Doctors interested in training to become forensic pathologists are usually best advised to have gained several years of clinical practise experience and to integrate their training with work as a specialist trainee in anatomical pathology.

Registered medical practitioners who are already specialist pathology trainees in forensic pathology or anatomical pathology at other centres can apply to the Institute for registrar training positions in forensic pathology and the Institute advertises these positions as they become available.

Accreditation as a forensic pathologist requires the trainee to gain admission as a fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia. This is obtained by completing a 5 year program of work within approved institutional training positions. During this ‘hands on’ training there are a number of examination hurdles to complete. The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia requires trainees to pass the ‘basic pathology sciences’ examination and to pass both the part 1 and part 2 examinations of the college in the appropriate disciplines in order to be admitted as Fellows of the college.

Post Fellowship training in forensic pathology is available to anatomical pathology fellows who may be considering sitting for the College’s Diploma in forensic pathology.

Our forensic pathology registrars help with the medico-legal death investigations undertaken by the Institute and this includes examinations of death scenes, post-mortem CT scans, external and internal examinations and interpretation of ancillary investigations such as toxicology, microbiology and a range of genetic tests.

Trainees are also involved in the investigation of medical treatment related deaths through hospital case record reviews. Under supervision trainees can gain experience in forensic anthropology, odontology,entomology and molecular biology. Opportunities exist also for exposure to the fields of forensic paediatric pathology, forensic neuropathology and clinical forensic medicine.

In addition to their general pathology work specialist experience is available in:

  • crime scene investigation
  • forensic sciences especially toxicology
  • disaster victim identification
  • forensic radiology
  • tissue transplantation
  • medical law
  • witness skills
  • medical ethics
  • human rights
  • police investigative procedures
  • legal aspects of medical practice

Due to the nature of the work we undertake successful applicants will be required to undergo a criminal records check.

Further information may be obtained from the head of Forensic pathology at the Institute:

Dr Noel Woodford
Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine

PH: (03) 9684 4307

Expressions of interest together with a curriculum vitae nominating two referees should be forwarded to:

Manager Human Resources
Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine
Division of Clinical Forensic Medicine
57-83 Kavanagh Street
Southbank Victoria 3006

Email: jobs@vifm.org

For more information about working at VIFM, check out our Careers at VIFM page.

Interns

Currently interns based at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne can elect to undertake one of their intern year rotations at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine. This rotation covers both the areas of forensic pathology and clinical forensic medicine. For more details regarding this program contact A/Prof David Ranson Tel:(03) 9684 4444.