We are fortunate to have a great network of universities and highly regarded academics within our regions, creating excellent opportunities for registrars interested in exploring academic research.
How can you explore academic research during your GP training?
If you are interested in trying out academic research or building on existing research skills, you may be able to undertake an academic post during your training.
In an academic post, you have the opportunity to complete a research project, gain teaching experience and attend relevant courses and conferences under the supervision of experienced and widely recognised and respected academic (usually an academic GP).
By the end of your term you will be able to review literature, critically appraise an article, design a research question, develop an appropriate methodology, implement a research project and present its findings, usually through conference presentations and an article submitted for publication in a peer reviewed journal.
Why consider an academic post?
- It’s a great way of experiencing research and teaching in a supported environment.
- It can help you decide if you are interested in research, provide you with useful contacts in the research and teaching world and offer a different perspective on your clinical work.
- If you already have a developed interest it can be furthered during an academic post.
- Research provides the opportunity to challenge yourself and learn different skills during your training.
- Most importantly you contribute to the evidence base for general practice and primary care.
How do you apply?
Academic post applications open annually.
Expressions of interest for 2018 academic posts are now being received with the formal application period opening on 29 May and closing on 14 July 2017.
GP Synergy requires registrars considering an academic post to contact GP Synergy’s medical educator that oversees the academic portfolio, Dr Parker Magin, as early on in the process as possible to find out how an academic post works, why it might be good for you, and to start working on the application (in collaboration with your prospective supervisor). You also need to contact your Academic Department / supervisor early.
Expressions of interest are to be made to your fellowship college – either ACRRM and/or RACGP.
Each college has information about academic posts on their website, with details about how to apply including key dates:
What academic research training opportunities does GP Synergy offer?
Academic research opportunities may be available across NSW and ACT with the following universities:
- Australian National University: Academic post profile | Uni website
- University of New England: Academic post profile | Uni website
- University of New South Wales: Academic post profile | Uni website
- University of Newcastle: Academic post profile | Uni website
- University of Notre Dame: Academic post profile | Uni website
- University of Sydney: Academic post profile | Uni website
- University of Wollongong: Academic post profile | Website
- Western Sydney University: Academic post profile | Uni website
Meet some of our academic post registrars
Some of our current registrars undertaking an academic post share their stories:
- Dr Emily Deck – University of Sydney – Advanced Care Planning in general practice.
- Dr Rebekah Hoffman – University of Wollongong – junior doctors under stress and why they get burnt out.
- Dr Gostinna (Lalana) Kapuwatte – University of Sydney (Orange) – how rural young people access health services in the digital world.
- Dr Alison Lyon – Western Sydney University – cervical screening in Assyrian female refugees in Western Sydney.
- Dr Fadzeela Uppal – University of New South Wales – infection control in the general practice waiting room.
- Dr Bosco Wu – Australian National University – experiences of doctors in training and how they care for patients.
- Dr Anna Samecki – University of Notre Dame – effectiveness of health promotion in the GP waiting room.
- Dr Stephen Martin – Australian National University – nutritional education teaching at medical school.
One of our past registrars, Dr Kylie Vuong, undertook an academic post during her GP training and is now a Lecturer in Primary Care at the University of New South Wales School of Public Health and Community Medicine, as well as a practising GP.