How does it work?
Each year GP Synergy offers two scholarship places at participating universities located within our boundaries for students to explore general practice and general practice research.
Successful recipients receive $2,000 to support their medical studies. In return, they are required to prepare a general practice research project in-conjunction with their university’s academic GP unit (or equivalent) and undertake a general practice community placement.
Who can apply?
Medical students who will be enrolled at the following universities in 2018 can apply. Applicants must be Australian citizens.
- ANU: Applications are limited to current 2017 first year students only.
- UND: Applications can be made by students in any year.
- UNE: Applications can be made by students in any year, however they must reside in Armidale or nearby in 2018.
- UNSW: Applications can be made by students in any year.
- UoN: Applications can be made by students in any year.
- USYD: Applications can be made by students in any year.
- WSU: Applications can be made by students in any year.
When can you apply?
Applications for the 2018 scholarship program have now closed. To stay updated with scholarship information, join our mailing list (form opposite).
What types of projects do students undertake?
Scholarship recipients can participate in a range of exciting and interesting projects. Some students decide to develop a new project, driven by a desire to explore an untapped research area; others work on existing projects being run through their university.
The extent of involvement a student has within a project is determined in consultation with their university and GP Synergy.
An example of some of the projects students have participated in include:
- ‘Clinical relevance of use of ambulatory 24 hour blood pressure monitors in management of diabetes patients within the urban general practice environment’ (Existing project)
- ‘Assessing GP registrar consultation skills with Aboriginal patients: a video-feedback workshop.’ (Existing project)
- ‘Physician resilience in general practice’ (New project)
- ‘Impact of the Health Education Pack (HEP) on the physical health of mental health services consumers.’ (Existing project)
- ‘Chronic disease management in primary care: a systemic review.’ (Existing project)
- Traditional vs e-learning in small group general practice learning activities for medical students (Existing project)
For more information
Download the GP Synergy Medical Student Scholarship Program Outline.
If you have further queries, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Case study: Scholarship recipient Christopher Hayward
As part of the GP Synergy medical student scholarship program Christopher Hayward could choose to work on an existing project with his university’s academic GP unit or embark on his own project.
A physiotherapist in a former life, right from the outset Chris knew he wanted to undertake a new project, looking at communication between general practitioners and physiotherapists and how to improve this vital interaction.
Before applying for the scholarship Chris spoke with his university’s academic GP unit about his idea and together they worked out what would be the most effective, and achievable, research method and approach. He then broadly outlined his proposal in his application.
Chris and his academic department realised that to be achievable the project needed to have a clear goal and not be too ambitious or difficult.
They decided the best course of action was for Chris to conduct in-depth, semi-structured telephone interviews in-depth interviews with 7 GPs and 7 physiotherapists. With his university’s help he applied for ethics approval and undertook a literature review (finding little had been written on this topic). He presented his findings at a GP Synergy workshop, and will be presenting them at the 2013 Australian Physiotherapy Australia Conference. He is also hoping his findings will shortly be published.
Chris’s main objective for participating in the program was to gain a better understanding of how a research project was put together and through the program he felt he achieved this objective. He also developed an increased understanding of general practice as a profession, even though he already felt he had a good understanding before embarking on the scholarship program.
He says he would definitely recommend the program to others!