A new beginning for some and the end of a long journey for others
The end of the year, and the start of a new one will mean different things for different registrars.
For some of you, you will be looking forward to starting your GP training journey with us next year, in either a hospital or a community GP setting. We are looking forward to getting to know you and support you during your training. Whilst we will be in regular contact with you, I strongly encourage you to contact us if you need any assistance or advice at any time. There are many ways you can provide feedback during your training, including talking with your medical educator, supervisor, clinical teaching visitor or registrar liaison officer, participating in bi-annual feedback surveys and completing assessments of placements each term amongst others.
For others, you will be in the thick of your training, and getting ready to sit, or in the process of sitting fellowship exams. We wish you all the very best with these endeavours and look forward to continuing to support your progress towards fellowship.
Some of you will be in your final stages of training or have finished training and are waiting to receive your official fellowship. What an achievement! We extend our warmest congratulations to you and wish you all the very best for an exciting future ahead.
Leading into 2020, one of our highest priorities is the full implementation of the new Practice and Supervisor Quality framework. It is critical that registrars are enculturated into clinical and professional behaviours that are markers of the “good doctor”. This is more than exam performance, it is to ensure registrars have access to quality training environments that train them to scope and engage higher level skills in general practice. It is important that general practice training promotes holistic care for the individual, and an awareness for the health care needs of the surrounding community. Practices should demonstrate a quality culture that investigates its own performance in ways that translate to improvement in clinical care and general practice training. 2019 has been a transition year for this important initiative.
Fire and drought
At the time of writing this article, drought and bushfires are affecting numerous communities around the country. I would like to think it’s old news by the time you read this article; that we have been greeted with a healthy dose of rain. Yet for now I hear the many stories about how it impacts the welfare of individuals and communities.
For me this highlights the importance of general practice and the work you do. At times like this those patients and communities who are trying to cope with loss, or simply can’t see a way out, often engage with primary care for support. I thank you for your dedication and commitment to general practice training and the care you provide to our communities.
Please take care and enjoy the upcoming holiday period, I look forward to seeing you in 2020.
John Oldfield | Chief Executive Officer
Have you thought about starting your procedural skills log?
In the New Year we will be introducing a new programmatic assessment program for registrars commencing GP terms in 2020.1 onwards.
The program includes many of our existing assessment tools, some of which will be staying the same, and some of which will be slightly modified. There will also be some new assessments.
We will provide you with more information about the program in the New Year. In the interim, one change that may be of benefit for you to know about now is the procedural skills log, as you can start completing procedural skills items from now.
Our offices will be closed from 5.00pm on Tuesday 24 December 2019 and will reopen at 9.00am on Thursday 2 January 2020. If you need urgent assistance during this time, please contact Chief Operations Officer, Georgina van de Water.
GPRime scheduled outage
GPRime2 will be unavailable for access from 7pm AEST Friday 13 December 2019 to 8am AEST Monday 16 December 2019 due to an important upgrade. During this time, you will not be able to access resources on GPRime including eTG, AMH and SupportGPT. Please see your email on how to arrange access to eTG before the blackout period.
GP Synergy staff and collaborators are proud to have had a paper published recently in Medical Teacher (an international journal of education in the health sciences). The paper examines the content validity and internal consistency of the General Practice Registrar Competency Assessment Grid (GPR-CAG) used by GP Synergy in GP training.
The Christmas break is a great time to complete your research module
If you haven't completed your online Research Skills eLearning module yet, the module must be completed by the end of Term 2.
The module contains material that will be relevant to some questions in your Fellowship examinations. So leaving sufficient time to complete it at a measured pace and in a considered fashion will optimize the learning potential for both exam performance and your later independent practice.
Registrars who have completed the module in the past six months (particularly those enrolled in the rural pathway) are being invited to provide feedback. University of New South Wales researchers would like to know about the ease of online learning, the content level, and application to clinical practice. This will be via a short telephone interview with a researcher from the university.
You will be given a $50 gift voucher to recompense you for your time.
Please see the participant information statement for more information. If you’re interested in participating or have any questions, please contact Dr Hania Rahimi from UNSW GPTrainingFeedback@unsw.edu.au or 02 9385 1501.
Where do registrars go for in-consultation information, advice and assistance?
Evidence for practice – findings from the GP Synergy Research and Evaluation Unit
Impetigo is a highly contagious superficial skin infection caused by Streptococcus pyogenes or Staphylococcus aureus. It most commonly affects children aged 0–9 years. Impetigo is quite a common general practice presentation, but registrars will have had very limited exposure to managing impetigo in hospital practice. Using data recorded by registrars across five Australian states (and the ACT) during their participation in the ReCEnT project, we examined registrars’ experience of managing impetigo.
GP Synergy seasonal celebrations - award winners and photographs
2020.1 key training dates
Stay on top of the key training dates for the 2020.1 term.
RACGP fellowship assessments
Key information for exam enrolment and exam dates can be found on the RACGP website.
ACRRM fellowship assessments
Key information for assessment support program dates can be found on the ACRRM website.