Each candidate requires an Academic Supervisor who will guide the candidate's personal and professional development through each course in the program. The Academic Supervisor may change depending on the content of the course. Academic Supervisors will be expected to be instrumental in conveying explicit academic and clinical knowledge as well as implicit knowledge about the 'hidden curriculum' of professionalism, leadership, the 'local context' and communication not learned from texts.
While the candidate may nominate an Academic Supervisor, the University will liaise with the Organisational or Departmental Sponsor before approving the Academic Supervisor(s) for the candidate at each stage of the program.
It is expected that the Academic Supervisor(s) will:
- meet with the candidate at a mutually agreed time on a regular basis - ideally once per fortnight
- provide advice on the suitability of projects and guide the candidate at each stage
- validate the content-matter of assessable work prepared by the candidate
- communicate, as required, with the relevant Course Coordinator as the candidate progresses through the program
The Academic Supervisor:
- may not necessarily be the candidate's Clinical Supervisor
- may be a retired clinician
- may be employed at another hospital
- must be someone the candidate feels they can work with
Recognition of Academic Supervisor contributions
Contributions made by Academic Supervisors will be recognised by the University of Newcastle through the payment of a per course Honorarium.