Welcome to our first Practice Experience Program (PEP) training update
GP Synergy is proud to be part of this exciting new program.
Our goal is to help PEP (standard stream) participants to identify their own learning needs and develop their own learning plans.
Our first term of delivering PEP was busy and exciting. We have established a team who are passionate about supporting the participants. The team are working collaboratively with the RACGP to deliver a quality program.
As this is a new program there is also regular review of ways to enhance and improve the delivery of this program.
In February, we ran an induction webinar for all our participants, which was well received. We also engaged a team of dedicated general practitioners as external assessors, to perform direct observations of the participants in their own workplace. We provided these external assessors with the training required for the PEP workplace visits and we provide ongoing support.
Our PEP participants have found the external assessor visits an excellent way to reflect on, and evaluate their own practice. For the first term of PEP, around 37 direct observations were conducted across NSW and ACT. This would not have been achieved without the assistance of our external assessors and we would like to extend our appreciation to their contribution. The external assessors report they have found those visits to be valuable educational experience and a way to give back to the medical community
There were a number of participants where workplace-based assessments were not possible. For these participants GP Synergy ran a simulated session based on seven role played consultations which were assessed by medical educators. Although the opportunity to visit and assess the participant in their own environment was missed, the simulated session enabled an important learning tool to be utilised. This educational session received positive feedback from the participants and all the facilitating medical educators.
GP synergy also took the initiative to offer an optional educational webinar on 13 May 2019 to our participants. The webinar was attended by most of our participants and received positive reviews.
Dr Rula Ali | Head of Practice Experience Program NSW & ACT
Save the date!
During 2019 we will be running extra, optional, educational activities for PEP participants. Add these dates to your educational calendar:
- 22 July - Induction for PEP, we invite all participants to attend this webinar regardless of when they joined the program
- 19 August - Clinical reasoning part 1
- 12 September - RACGP exams: balancing exams and life
- 23 September - Communication skills
- 30 October - Clinical reasoning part 2.
New PEP intake in July
A new group of PEP participants will join GP Synergy at the next intake in July 2019, we're excited to welcome this new group.
We are also planning further educational events to assist the participants identify their learning needs.
We welcome your feedback
GP Synergy always welcome feedback from our stakeholders, including our PEP participants.
We have an ongoing dialogue with RACGP about opportunities to enhance this program and improve its delivery. We're open to ideas on how to improve the program further, so if you have any feedback please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet a PEP participant
Current PEP participant Dr Laarni Villahermosa is based in Broken Hill, she shares her thoughts on undertaking the PEP program.
Tell us a little bit about your background.
I originally came from the Philippines. I worked as a GP in the Philippines for nearly twenty years until I with my husband and two children decided to migrate to Australia. It was really a struggle to get into general practice in Australia.
Why did you choose to be a GP?
I wanted to continue what I was doing in the Philippines. General practice is my passion and the outcome you get is very rewarding. I find gratification in treating the whole family and when another baby is born, I will be treating another generation and watching them grow over the years. I find it very exciting.
Why did you choose PEP?
RACGP is the main umbrella in Australian general practice. PEP being a pilot program of RACGP towards fellowship, I found this a timely opportunity to be selected in this core group. There is so much struggle in passing the fellowship examination being an IMG and thanks to RACGP for initiating this program.
What do you like about the PEP program (so far)?
The whole format is well planned and designed at the start. The involvement of GP Synergy is a big support. Staff are excellent in so many ways.
The modules are quite time consuming but as I go through each module, I find it very helpful in the preparation for the fellowship examination.
Would you recommend PEP to other doctors?
Definitely, I recommend PEP especially for IMGs. We need support and networking when preparing for the exam and we don't have this support especially if one is working in a remote and rural area, so PEP is the best pathway.
What do you like about working in Broken Hill?
Broken Hill is classified as rural but it is a big city with almost everything that you need from food to hospital, pharmacies, allied health and visiting consultants. It is isolated but accessible by all forms of transport.
Feedback on our simulated session
It was such a pleasant experience meeting you all. We were both a little apprehensive as we didn't know what was on the agenda on Saturday. But after meeting the team, we settled down. You were all were very pleasant and easy going. Especially the pleasant, assuring words from Dr Rula Ali and Dr Margaret Stellingwerff were very comforting. After doing these cases we both started understanding our deficiencies. We both now know that we were not systematic. This three hours of training was one of the most important, effective and valuable time we've spent for a long time. Thank you all.
The assessors were also very pleasant and non judgmental. The advice we received from the whole team will definitely be very valuable in our journey towards fellowship.
A very big, heartfelt thank you for the whole team. Will look forward to meeting with you all again.
Zubair and Reema