Director of Education and Training update
Welcome to the start of the 2020 training year. For those of you that are continuing training, I hope you managed a short break over the summer and for those of you that are new to training – an extra special welcome. I hope you find your GP Synergy experience prepares you for an exciting future as a confident and competent general practitioner.
The start of 2020 has reminded all of us of the importance of general practice and primary health care. My deepest sympathies for those of you that have been personally impacted by the ongoing drought, and recent bushfires and floods. I feel that we have all been affected in some way. As communities rebuild, or continue to survive these natural disasters, they will turn to their trusted GP for guidance and support. Many of you have already experienced this firsthand while others may experience this in the coming months. Please ensure you debrief regularly with your supervisor and/or medical educator.
If you need additional support, there is help available. A good starting point is Practical Support on our website.
GP Synergy is pleased to launch Programmatic Assessment (PA) for registrars starting in their first GP term in 2020.1. PA is an integrated approach to assessment for learning.
The role of PA is to promote the importance of learning through activities that are meaningful and relevant to you, the learner, with regular feedback as this is the best method for learning that lasts. If PA is relevant to you, more information will be given to you as you progress through training. Additional information is available on the Programmatic Assessment page on GPRime.
Reminders for GP registrars entering a GP term
For those of you moving into GP terms, it is important you have an orientation at your new practice and talk to your supervisor about planning your learning for the term.
Begin with the end in mind – what do you want to get out of this term? What areas can you ask your supervisor to focus on? What can you do to make the most of this unique practice experience? What special interests does your supervisor have that you can learn from?
Most importantly, encourage your supervisor to observe your consultations, review your clinical reasoning skills and complete the assessments when they are required. As daunting as it is to have someone sitting over your shoulder, it’s one of the best ways to gain feedback on your performance and identify learning needs.
Congratulations to all the registrars that have successfully completed their final assessments and are in extension awaiting fellowship. Good luck to the registrars in the midst of study and exams this term.
Dr Vanessa Moran | Director of Education and Training NSW & ACT
New term reminders and programmatic assessment changes
At the start of every new training term there are a number of important activities you should need to undertake with your supervisor and practice manager such as:
- Practice orientation - Day 1.
- Be directly observed by your supervisor and submit the IOS form - Within weeks 1-4 (now mandatory for all registrars).
- With your supervisor, discuss your learning needs/learning plan and their supervision plan (including high-risk presentations) - Weeks 2-6.
In 2020.1, GP Synergy is introducing programmatic assessment. As outlined at the recent GPT1 and PRRT1 foundations workshops, this program mostly impacts registrars starting their first GP term in 2020.1. However, one change affecting all registrars is the requirement for all registrars to be directly observed by their supervisor for two complete consultations in weeks 1-4. They can be two consecutive consultations but do not have to be.
The IOS form can be downloaded and printed by the registrar or supervisor via the Quick Links and Subscriptions tab on GPRime. Once the supervisor has completed the IOS, the form should then be given to the registrar and the feedback discussed. Registrars are then required to submit the completed IOS form to GPRime by uploading the form via the drop box in GPRime.
The 'training requirements at a glance' documents have also been updated:
Explore the new GP Synergy RACGP registrar toolkit!
GP Synergy has developed a toolkit to assist RACGP registrars navigate through their training. Although designed for RACGP registrars, sections of the toolkit will also be relevant to ACRRM registrars. An ACRRM registrar toolkit is currently in development and will be available shortly.
The toolkit is designed to contain useful information and resources for registrars at any stage of their training.
Registrars are encouraged to use the toolkit throughout their training, we recommend visiting the toolkit to browse through it and become familiar with what is available. Registrars can return to the toolkit throughout their training and as they require specific information.
The toolkit can be accessed via the toolkit button in the top toolbar of your GPRime dashboard.
Have you considered an academic post?
If you are interested in trying out academic research or building on existing research skills, you should consider applying 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 academic (usually an academic GP).
Applications for 2021, for both RACGP and ACRRM registrars, open on 2 March and close on 1 June 2020.
To help GP registrars find out more about academic post opportunities RACGP will be hosting a pre-application webinar on 20 February and we will be hosting an academic post information webinar on 25 February 2020.
Meet three of our 2020 academic registrars
Vale Aunty Val Dahlstrom
Aunty Val Dahlstrom, recipient of the 2019 Dr Jeremy Bunker Outstanding Achievement Award, unfortunately passed away on 21 December 2019 in Moree. Aunty Val was GP Synergy's Aboriginal Liaison Officer until June 2019 when she made the decision to retire.
GP Synergy acknowledges the uncertainty around the assessment and management of Coronavirus currently facing general practitioners in Australia.
You are encouraged to speak with your supervisor and practice manager to develop a practice-specific action plan for addressing presentations and patient concerns.
Information is changing rapidly, you should understand and review regular updates from the RACGP, NSW Department of Health (DoH), your local public health unit and public health network to remain informed.
Resources for health professionals - natural disaster and recovery
GP Synergy is working with NSW RDN and a range of stakeholders to support those affected by the fires or drought.
Once again, please stay safe and reach out to us if you are affected or if we can help in any way.
How do registrars and supervisors utilise delayed prescribing of antibiotics?
Evidence for practice – findings from the GP Synergy Research and Evaluation Unit
Levels of antibiotic prescribing in Australia for acute self-limiting respiratory tract infections (ARTIs – such as URTIs, acute bronchitis, sore throat, otitis media) are problematic. While Australian registrars prescribe antibiotics for ARTIs somewhat less than established GPs, the rates of prescription are still higher than international benchmarks. Antibiotics have little or no efficacy in these conditions, and unnecessary use contributes to antibiotic resistance. Delayed prescribing (where patients are instructed not to fill scripts immediately) has been shown to reduce antibiotic use.
Medcast Hot Topics
In addition to the GP Synergy education program, you may be interested in attending activities delivered by other providers. The External Activities of Interest button at the bottom of this page will take you to upcoming events.
These include Medcast Hot Topics GP Updates that will be held in Sydney 22 February and Newcastle 2 May. GP Synergy registrars can use the promotional code: ‘HOTSYNR' to access the update for $225.
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.