Registrar Liaison Officer update
I hope everyone is settling into the term and that first GP term registrars are finding their groove in general practice. It’s a big change and can be overwhelming, so please don’t feel like you’re alone if you have found the shift difficult. I found it helpful to talk to other registrars at educational release workshops to share tips and experiences, and please contact your Medical Educator (ME) or Registrar Liaison Officer (RLO) with any concerns.
Enrolment for 2019.2 placements closes on 9 April. Make sure your practice logs are up to date and keep an eye out for emails with instructions. It’s also a good time for eligible first term registrars to be finalising their Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) application. Please speak to your ME if you need help with this process.
Many of you will have received RACGP written exam results in March, or sat the ACRRM MCQ exam, and be forging on to the OSCE or StAMPS in May. My thoughts are with you, and I wait for my own results as I write this update…
Enrolment for 2019.2 RACGP AKT/KFP exams are now open and close on 17 May 2019. Enrolment for ACRRM exams will open on 6 May 2019.
I recently attended the first General Practice Registrars Australia (GPRA) meeting for the year in Darwin and spent a productive couple of days discussing ways to better support GP registrars and GP training into the future. Don’t forget to join if you’re not already a member, it’s free and you get access to useful resources and support (GPRA membership).
Dr Jessica Tidemann | RLO, Murrumbidgee & ACT
How you are assessed during training?
During training you will participate in formative assessments to provide feedback on your progress.
Assessments follow the observation of consultations and are assessed on the GP Synergy Competency Grid. The grid demonstrates when a competency is expected to be achieved by a registrar (e.g. in the first few weeks or in the last few months) across several key areas of practice. They indicate whether a registrar’s competency is above the expected level, at the expected level, or below the expected level.
Two key types of assessments will be used to assess your competency during training:
- Clinical Teaching Visits (CTVs) - RACGP / Mini-Clinical Evaluation Exercise (MiniCEX) - ACRRM.
- Formative Assessment of Registrar by Supervisor (also known as a competency assessment) - All registrars.
Do you know someone interested in GP? Applications now open!
RPL applications due by 3 May 2019
Completed Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) applications are due to GP Synergy by Friday 3 May 2019. If you are applying for RPL, make sure you start your application ASAP as they take considerable time to compile and require review before they can be endorsed and submitted to RACGP for approval.
Registrar discount: Sydney Child Health Program
The Sydney Child Health Program (SCHP) is offering a 15% discount for GP registrars who enrol by the closing date - 26th April 2019. Examinations will take place in December 2019.
For more information and to enrol go to www.magga.org.au.
RACGP KFP Exam Report
The RACGP has released the 2019.1 Key Feature Problem (KFP) exam report, the report outlines areas to assist candidates when preparing for, and sitting, the exam.
Key dates: RACGP fellowship assessments
Key information for exam enrolment and exam dates can be found on the RACGP website.
Key dates: ACRRM fellowship assessments
Key information for assessment support program dates can be found on the ACRRM website.
Meet the supervisor...x 2
Meet Dr Jacinta Spry and Dr Anne Murray. They are both passionate about general practice and training doctors in their home town of Port Macquarie.
Research and Evaluation Unit update
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 on 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. We have worked substantively with only one supervisor and one administration staff member on research projects and would like to work more with supervisors and admin staff.
Got a research idea? Share it with us!
We aim to conduct research that informs everyday educational practice. If you have an idea or a question related to vocational training that you feel may be suitable for research, please get in touch with us.
Research request: Dr ELIOT Inhaler Study
Researchers from the Woolcock Institute need GP volunteers to test the use of two placebo inhaler devices.
RACGP Foundation Grant opportunities
Applications for the 2019 RACGP Foundation Grant round are open and close 6 May 2019.