We are fortunate to have a great network of universities and highly regarded academics within our regions, creating excellent opportunities for registrars interested in exploring academic research.
How can you explore academic research during your GP training?
If you are interested in trying out academic research or building on existing research skills, you may be able to undertake an academic post during your training.
In an academic post, you have the opportunity to complete a research project, gain teaching experience and attend relevant courses and conferences under the supervision of an experienced, widely recognised and respected academic (usually an academic GP).
By the end of your term you will be able to review literature, critically appraise an article, design a research question, develop an appropriate methodology, implement a research project and present its findings, usually through conference presentations and an article submitted for publication in a peer reviewed journal.
Why consider an academic post?
- It’s a great way of experiencing research and teaching in a supported environment.
- It can help you decide if you are interested in research, provide you with useful contacts in the research and teaching world and offer a different perspective on your clinical work.
- If you already have a developed interest it can be furthered during an academic post.
- Research provides the opportunity to challenge yourself and learn different skills during your training.
- Most importantly you contribute to the evidence base for general practice and primary care.
How do you apply?
Academic post applications open annually:
GP Synergy requires registrars considering an academic post to contact GP Synergy’s medical educator that oversees the academic portfolio, Dr Parker Magin, as early on in the process as possible to find out how an academic post works, why it might be good for you, and to work on the application (in collaboration with your prospective supervisor). You also need to contact your Academic Department / supervisor.
Meet some of our academic post registrars
An interest in refugee health has contributed to Dr Shakif Shakur undertaking an academic term to understand the perceptions and attitudes of African refugee men residing in Greater Western Sydney towards sexual health, reproductive health, and HIV/AIDS.
Believing healthcare providers need to take responsibility for the impact we have on the environment, Dr Kathleen Wild is surveying GP attitudes towards environmental sustainability in general practices and barriers perceived towards improvement.