In this episode of Psych Matters, Dr Vinay Lakra is joined by Dr Sidney Cabral, Dr Alida Connell and Dr Ajay Vijayakrishnan to discuss specialist international medical graduates transitioning to practice.
Associate Professor Vinay Lakra
Associate Professor Vinay Lakra is the President of the College. He is also a Clinical Director and a member of the Victorian Board of Medical Board of Australia. He completed his medical and psychiatry training in India. He has had extensive involvement in supporting, training and mentoring SIMGs besides developing the assessment standards for SMIGs.
Dr Sidney Cabral
Sidney works as Deputy Director of Training Queensland and Director of Training for Central and Southern Cluster. His focus is on supporting Trainees and International Medical Graduates from metropolitan and regional areas and has taken the lead in developing online resources for Queensland Trainees including the PGT website.
He has always had an interest in medical education and was awarded the Deans Award for Excellence in Teaching, Newcastle University, NSW in 2005. He has been a member of several training-related committees and is currently the Chair of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry Federal Partial Comparability Assessment and Review Panel (PCARP).
Sidney is passionate about working with patients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and has a clinical role with the State-wide Queensland Transcultural Mental Health Service.
Dr Alida Connell
MBChB (Pret), DMH (CMSA), FCPsych (CMSA), MMed (Stell), FRANZCP (RANZCP).
Dr Alida Connell trained and practiced as a General Practitioner before qualifying as a Fellow Psychiatrist of the South African College of Medicine and obtaining a Master’s in Medicine for her research in the field of Psychiatry. Currently she practices in the private health sector and provides telepsychiatric services to adults.
Dr Ajay Vijayakrishnan MRCPsych, FHEA, FRANZCP
A general adult psychiatrist with a special interest in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, trained at St George’s and Charing Cross in London, UK; previously a substantive Consultant in the NHS and later in India; currently working across public and private health in Melbourne.
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