Background? Although I have dabbled with research throughout my science and medical degrees and enjoyed the experience, I have always felt a large deficiency in the knowledge and skills required to conduct a project end-to-end.
The thought of being able to contribute to our current evidence base and shape future directions in medicine was an exciting one, so testing out the waters through an academic post seemed like the perfect opportunity to decide whether I could see myself being involved in research long term.
Additionally, I have always had a passion for teaching and stepping into a lecturer role whilst conducting the research project was also an appealing aspect of the post.
Research? Improving our understanding of infection control in the general practice waiting room. I’m researching what is currently happening in a small sample of Sydney general practices and why.
Why? My interest in this research was triggered by my own experiences in general practice, both as a patient and doctor. Through a literature review of the current evidence worldwide, it appears that most general practices either do not adhere to infection control guidelines or do not know about them. Improving our understanding of exactly what is currently happening in a small sample of Sydney General Practices and why, will be the first step towards addressing this pertinent issue.
Recommendation? I feel that undertaking an academic component to training will broaden any registrar’s perspective as a doctor, and develop key skills in interpreting and applying evidence to everyday clinical practice.
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