Since 2016, the GP Synergy Research and Evaluation Unit has evolved from continuing the Registrar Clinical Encounters in Training (ReCEnT) project – a large research and education project that has been operating since 2010 and is now conducted across NSW, the ACT, Tasmania, and Eastern Victoria – to a broader focus into a wide range of research into GP vocational training.
We aim to conduct research that is translational – research which informs everyday educational practice within GP Synergy (and, potentially, within other RTOs). We work closely with the Education teams to optimize this translation of research findings into educational practice. There is, however, another aspect of the translational research model that is less well appreciated. This is at the beginning of the research process, where we aim to engage registrars, supervisors, medical educators and other staff in generating research questions that are relevant to them as end-users of subsequent research findings.
Several of our current research studies have resulted from research questions generated by medical educators. These have often arisen from evaluation activities – where they have wanted deeper understanding of a topic than that provided by evaluation. We have also engaged with registrars’ questions, especially academic registrars and using ReCEnT data.
A summary of some of our current projects are below:
- ReCEnT – Registrars Clinical Encounters in Training
- Clinical Teaching Visits Evaluation – pilot
- Mentorship project
- Mock AKT – Fellowship examination performance prediction
- Evaluation of registrars’ performance clinical reasoning as measured by the Diagnostic Thinking Inventory (DTI)
- NEXT-UP (New alumni Experiences of training and independent Unsupervised Practice) – ERG funded
- Competency grid prediction of RACGP examination results
- Term 2 quiz prediction of RACGP examination results
Find out more about our projects at the GP Synergy research subsite.