Hybrid pays off for the NZARM

The New Zealand Annual Registrars’ Meeting (ARM) went virtual for the first time in 17 years on 3 December after Auckland limped out of four months of lockdown. However organisers believe the hybrid model's success shows it is more equitable for New Zealand.

There was a push to hold the popular ARM this year despite the challenges of Auckland’s extended lockdown as there had been so much disruption for trainees over the last couple of years.  

One of the organisers, Dr Nicola Broadbent, says with Auckland moving to “Red” just the day before the meeting, the audience was limited to just 55 people at the Auckland City Hospital hub. “We ran in a hybrid format with a virtual Zoom webinar and small socially-distanced audience at the hub for Auckland presenters. We had more 100 attendees to the virtual webinar as well as local trainees present as a physical audience to watch the 11 presentations from across the country.”

“A positive side-effect of offering a virtual webinar is a more inclusive event with presenters and attendees being able to join from their home base rather than having to travel to Auckland. This was reflected by five presentations from non-Auckland region district health boards - Hutt Valley, Nelson-Marlborough, Northland and Waikato.” Dr Broadbent says organisers will continue with the hybrid model to promote a more accessible event for all of New Zealand.

The judges this year were Dr Robyn Billing, Dr David Sidebotham and Dr Michael Webb who were able to be at the hub. They said they gave significant weighting to a clear outline of methodology in the scientific presentation delivered. 

Dr Peter Xiang received the ANZCA award for best scientific presentation. Dr Xiang presented the results of the INPOD-NZ study (Incidence of Postoperative Delirium in NZ) using big data to look at the incidence of postoperative delirium in surgical patients in New Zealand. The paper will be coming to a journal near you shortly.
Dr Sebastian Ang received the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetist’s (NZSA) award for best quality assurance presentation. Dr Ang looked at door-to-surgery times for patients with fractured neck of femur in Whangarei Hospital and reasons for surgical delay. He also had some great ideas on how things could be improved.
Dr Tom Scott received the Caduceus award for excellence in anaesthesiology research. Dr Scott pulled off a logistical nightmare and worked out how to take ABGs from a free diver at surface and at 60m depth underwater to look at changes in PaO2 and PaCO2 during deep free dives. Check out the Journal of Applied Physiology for the paper.

Last updated 13:33 7.12.2021