Faculty & Mentors

The faculty consists of senior Emergency Physicians with extensive experience as educators, and are keen to assist participants evaluate and augment their own particular learning styles.

Mentors will evaluate participants' progress, may help set goals and deadlines, and will trigger stimulating conversation to enhance learning. They are available for any issue, question, or concern that may arise in the process of studying. Mentors will help participants achieve the learning outcomes, so participants' level of knowledge going into the Masterclass days in December is as high as possible. Mentors can also be useful in helping participants fine-tune their approach to studying, so that it is effective and sustainable for the future of their careers as Emergency Physicians.

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Dr Peter Allely

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Peter Allely MB BCh BAO FCEM FACEM

An Emergency physician from Belfast, Northern Ireland who finished his training in the UK in 2007. Having flirted with Australia for a couple of years during his training he took the plunge and migrated to Perth with his young family to take up a consultants post in one of the 2 major tertiary hospitals and thinks it's the best decision he ever made.

He has a keen interest in medical education (aiming to complete a postgrad certificate in medical education in November 2012.) and is an EMST / ATLS instructor. He is passionate about simulation and cardiology and even admits to liking some of the administration side of things. He is currently the deputy director of Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Emergency Department and is one of the Directors of Clinical Training for the 100 interns attached to the hospital.

Outside of work he runs a lot, (mostly after his wife and 3 girls) and continues to work on his Australian accent.

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Dr Duncan Bootland

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bootlandI am a UK Emergency Physician working in the Major Trauma Centre in Brighton.  I dual-accredited in both Emergency Medicine and Critical Care and since gaining a Consultant post have spent 6 months seconded to the Kent, Surrey, Sussex Air Ambulance (HEMS) service for whom I still do regular shifts.  I am passionate about the management of the critically ill in both the pre-hospital arena and within the ED and strongly believe this is an area in which Emergency Physicians can make a tremendous difference to patient care.

I have a strong interest in teaching and over the last five years have developed, lead and taught on a number of the Bromley Emergency Courses revision courses for both the MCEM and FCEM examinations.  Alongside two colleagues I have also developed a revision course based in Brighton for the Critical Appraisal part of the FCEM exam and we are awaiting publication of our first book on Critical Appraisal.

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Dr Klaartje Caminada

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caminadaI am an emergency physician trained in The Hague in the Netherlands. I have had the opportunity to work in Australia for a year and half. Started in a teaching hospital in Melbourne, I moved halfway to Dubbo to work as a retrieval doctor for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Currently I am working at Isala in Zwolle and as the medical director of the regional ambulance service. I have special interest in pre-hospital medicine and medical education and simulation.

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Dr Evan Coughlan

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coughlanI am an Emergency physician working in Brighton in the UK in a Major Trauma Centre. I am the ultrasound lead for Kent Surrey and Sussex deanery. I work as a crowd doctor for Brighton and Hove Albion. I also am the medical director for an events company specialising in festival medicine.

I have an interest in many different areas of Emergency Medicine, including education, trauma, ultrasound, toxicology, critical appraisal and sports medicine. I hold diplomas in Toxicology and Sports and Exercise medicine. I teach for both the MCEM and FCEM examination. I have been involved in writing chapters in several MCEM and FCEM related books and am currently involved in writing a second book on critical appraisal with two of my colleagues. In addition, I teach both Level one and Level two ultrasound as well as running courses in difficult vascular access.

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Prof. Naren Gunja

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gunjaMBBS MSc(ForTox) FACEM FACMT

Dr. Gunja is a graduate of the Sydney Medical School in Australia. Following on from his primary fellowship in Emergency Medicine, he trained in Medical Toxicology at Westmead Hospital in Sydney. He is an Emergency Physician at Westmead Hospital as well as a Clinical Toxicologist at the NSW Poisons Centre. His interests include forensic toxicology, snake bite, and heavy metal poisoning. Dr. Gunja is Clinical Associate Professor at the Sydney Medical School keenly involved in teaching for Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology.

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Dr Thomas Hitchcock

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hitchcockI am an Australian Emergency Physician who was born in Uganda and grew up in Scotland.  I have been a FACEM since 1994 and my main specialist appointments have been at Royal Perth Hospital and Fremantle Hospital in Western Australia where I currently work.  

My core professional commitment is as a clinician. This has lead to undergraduate and post graduate teaching appointments, clinical research and publication, interest and qualification in clinical forensic medicine, overseas appointment, international qualification, service as Director of Emergency Departments and a Directorate of Critical Care, and appointment as Emeritus Consultant for Patient Safety at the Health Department of Western Australia where I am involved in mortality review and clinical incident reporting.

My current interests include involving patients and their carers in the governance of quality improvement cycles and the utilisation of qualitative methodologies to improve patient safety.  I’m also interested in Art as contemporary communication medium, how to establish frog environments in urban areas, and the impact of climate change on farming practice and windsurfing conditions in Western Australia.

I’m looking forward the MNSHA program and the opportunity to meet Dutch Emergency Physicians.

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Werner Janse van Rensburg

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WernerI live in Bunbury, a city of around 50,000 people in a beautiful part of Western Australia (WA), with my wife Hildah and two sons. As a consultant emergency physician at the local hospital I work with a fantastic team, and have been in WA since 2003. My primary degree is from the University of the Orange Free State in South-Africa and I have practised medicine in South-Africa, Angola, Canada and New Zealand. My work experience include general practise and emergency medicine across a range of remote rural, regional, tertiary hospital and unique locum, military and volunteer settings. In 2012 I was privileged to visit the Netherlands where I observed the practise of emergency medicine in hospitals including Tilburg, Utrecht, Arnhem and Amsterdam. I enjoy mountain biking, kite surfing, photography and spending time with family and friends. I am a scholar for life!

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Dr Iestyn Lewis

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lewisI am an Emergency Physician working in the busy and chaotic Emergency Department of the Royal Hobart Hospital, Tasmania's only tertiary Hospital. Originally from the UK I left in 2005 for a year long working holiday only to find myself pursuing a career in emergency medicine in New Zealand and then Australia. My current portfolio includes running a training programme for residents with an interest in critical care specialities. The weekly teaching programme is a mix of small group tutorials and simulation sessions.

In addition to my emergency work I am also a Hyperbaric and Diving Medicine Physician with an interest in complex wound care.

After meeting many Dutch Emergency Physicians at EuSEM 2014 I am very excited about joining the MNSHA programme.

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Dr Kevin Maguire

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MaguireMB BCh BAO , FRCS (A/E) Ed, FCEM

Kevin Maguire is an Emergency Medicine Consultant in the Ulster Hospital, a District General Hospital on the outskirts of Belfast in Northern Ireland. He is originally from Dublin but moved to Northern Ireland too long ago to think about. He, bizarrely, still enjoys Emergency Medicine but admits to occasionally forgetting and calling it A&E.

He has gotten himself involved in most of the jobs somebody can have and is starting to settle on Education as something he can pretend to do best. He is currently Head of School for Emergency Medicine in Northern Ireland and is an ALS instructor. He believes that Emergency Medicine is the one true specialty and everybody should have to be trained by us before being allowed near real patients.

Outside of work he lives in an area overlooking Strangford Lough, one of the most beautiful places in the world and spends all his time doing whatever his wife tells him to, because otherwise, apparently, one of the children will explode.

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Dr Chris Nickson

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nicksonChris Nickson is a Kiwi Emergency Physician and an advanced trainee in intensive care (CICM), currently working in ICU at Royal Darwin Hospital in Australia.

Together with Dr Mike Cadogan he runs the Lifeinthefastlane.com website and is committed to free open access meducation (FOAM) that is available to anyone, anywhere at anytime. An avowed Oslerphile, he is also co-creator of iTeachEM.net, a website dedicated to the art, science and fun of medical education.

He is particularly passionate about the intersection of emergency medicine and intensive care, and is on the editorial board of EM Critical Care. Originally a biochemist that lost his way, he is fascinated by poisons and venoms, and trained as a toxicology registrar at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth. His other interests including tropical medicine, medical history and anecdotes, clinical epidemiology and blowing bubbles…

No bubble is so iridescent or floats longer than that blown by the successful teacher. — Sir William Osler

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Dr Paul Ransom

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ransomI have been a Consultant in Brighton Major Trauma Emergency Department on the South Coast of the UK for 10 years. I work part time for the Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Service as a doctor.

I was a Training Program Director for junior doctors in Emergency Medicine for 5 years and am keen to assist Emergency Physicians in other countries reach their full potential within their own health systems.
I work for two to three weeks a year for the HALO Trust which is a volunteer organization taking land-mines out of the ground in conflict countries, where I teach pre-hospital trauma care and get to meet some great people.
I am an examiner for the MCEM and FCEM exams for junior doctors and consultants and have a keen interest in teaching simulation which I think is the best way of training doctors to handle difficult situations effectively.

We have had Dutch trainees in my Department for three or four years which has been an excellent way to meet and train overseas doctors and I am keen to maintain and extend these links.

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Dr Jasper Rebel

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rebelI am an emergency physician, working as the residency director in the OLVG hospital in Amsterdam. Located right in the city centre, our department is proud to be a host for almost 50.000 patients a year, most of which are on drugs. I have taken an interest in education since university and have been involved in several projects aimed at improving teaching in an emergency medicine setting. I was involved in the original MNSHA committee and have found myself applauding this initiative ever more strongly.

My current interests are Toxicology and the art of making complex workflows simple.
I live in Amsterdam with my wife and two children, am slightly optimistic in nature and a big fan of the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy.

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Dr Sean Scott

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scottI'm a part time emergency physician, part time intensivist and full time itinerant medic.

Although Australian by birth I have spent about as much time overseas as I have in Australia. My medical and specialty training in Australia were punctuated by extended periods in Sri Lanka, Italy, London and Lesotho. 

I pride myself on having seen an extremely varied spectrum of critical care medicine from aeromedical retreival in rural Africa to total artificial hearts and ECMO CPR in a quaternary transplant centre. I have a passion for medical education, critical care ultrasound and international emergency medicine.

I'm currently in Italy working in anaesthetics while helping to setup an EM training program and trying to revamp the emergency department of the largest referral hospital south of Rome.

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Dr Rene Verbeek

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verbeekI'm an Emergency Physician in Purmerend, which is north of Amsterdam. We see everything except multitrauma patients, unless they are brought in by accident.
I've done my training in The Hague, which was 10 years ago at the end of this year.
I was very pleased to hear about the MNSHA Masterclasses as a way of filling up the caveats in my knowledge and consultant level thinking. It brought me that and so much more. And despite the amount of work it was so much fun to do it. And I'm looking forward to contribute in making Emergency Physicians even better specialists than they already are.

My special interests are ECG's and bloodgasses and of course teaching, not only in healthcare but also sailing as you can see in the picture ;-)

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Dr Leonieke Vlaanderen

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vlaanderenAs a Dutch Emergency Physician, having previously worked in the Dutch Royal Navy as Search and Rescue doctor on the Lynx helicopter, I came to the UK in 2013 to gain more experience in Emergency Medicine. It was an instant match and I’ve not managed to leave as of yet! I feel extremely lucky and honored to be working both in “A&E” at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and with Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance. If I’m not at work you are likely to find me at sea while practising my skills as crewmember with the Brighton RNLI Lifeboat!
After being part of the original Masterclass committee and following the first Cardiovascular and Respiratory MC, I am delighted to once again be part of this enthousiastic team of EM docs.

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