Background? I have always had an interest in research, I did a BSc as part of my undergraduate medical degree.
Research? I’m undertaking a qualitative study focusing on cervical screening in Assyrian female refugees in Western Sydney. The data shows these women are part of an under screened group in a population which is growing within Western Sydney.
Why? This project combines my clinical interest in women’s health and health literacy, specifically within culturally and linguistically diverse populations.
Teaching? I was keen to improve my teaching skills, I had found it tricky to balance treating patients in a busy clinic and teaching medical, nursing and allied health staff at the same time.
Benefits? I have enjoyed having the dedicated time to further my research interests and develop my skills in teaching. I feel much more comfortable teaching medical students now I have experience in different teaching methods. My clinical knowledge has also improved through developing lectures, workshops, tutorials and writing exam questions and OSCE stations.
Recommendation? I think everyone could benefit from an academic post no matter what your background in training has been.
If you have never done any research before then the experience of undertaking a project from start to finish will help improve your skills in evidence based medicine (EBM) as a clinician, and may even lead on to a Masters or even PhD.
If you are an experienced researcher then it may be that you can then focus more on teaching.
I would recommend speaking to your local Academic Department of General Practice and seeing what opportunities they have available.
If you want to know more head to our academic research page.