If you’re starting a new term in 2020.1, there are a number of important activities that need to take place in the first few weeks of the term.
Day 1: Practice orientation
When you start in a new practice, it is important you are properly orientated. To help practices orientate registrars to a practice, we have developed some orientation resources which registrars can also access. Head to GPRime and look under ‘Forms, Documents and Links’ – just search ‘orientation’.
Week 1-4: Direct observation
To help supervisors assess your competence and level of support required, you will be directly observed by your supervisor for two entire consultations. Submission of the completed Initial Observation Session form, is mandatory for all registrars.
From Week 2-6: Discuss your learning needs/learning plan and their supervision plan (including high risk presentations) with your supervisor
Within the first two to six weeks of term your supervisor will spend time reviewing your learning needs to help you build your learning plan.
When you start in a new practice, your supervisor will also discuss with you their supervision and teaching plan, considering how to assess your current level of competence, particularly with regard to high risk or red flag areas to minimise the risk of adverse outcomes for patients and registrars.
It is important from the outset that you have a clear plan with your supervisor about when and how you can contact them when you require assistance, including how you can do this when they are at the practice or away from the practice. If your term requirements include formal teaching, when this will occur should also be incorporated into the supervision and teaching plan.
Pre-GP Term Assessment Report (PTAR)
If you have already commenced in a GP term, your supervisor will have reviewed your PTAR prior to you starting. The PTAR is a summary of your training. It includes your contact details, a history of your placements, and all the competency assessments completed on you during GP community-based terms, such Clinical Teaching Visits (CTVs) and competency assessments completed by your other supervisors. You can access your PTAR at any time in GPRime – go to your ‘Trainee Portfolio’ and click on the ‘Summary tab’.