Regional Head of Education update
It’s been another busy and enjoyable year delivering high quality training in the GP Synergy North Coast subregion.
We’ve conducted more than 25 days of face-to-face teaching sessions including our regular workshops, Aboriginal health training days, exam prep, GPT 3 and above day, as well as supervisor workshops.
On top of that are those attempting their written exams, we have conducted multiple webinars for exam preparation including the AKT and KFP focus sessions and a KFP answer session.
Good luck to all of you who have exams soon, and congratulations to all of you who have completed the fellowship exams.
To support supervisors in-practice training there have been three workshops held, three here on the North Coast and a GP Synergy-wide conference in Sydney. The enthusiasm of your supervisors as well as the CTV visitors forms the backbone of your GP training.
Each year we aim to reflect and learn on our teaching and we welcome the feedback received from each workshop. We are continuously attempting to make the education we provide fit for purpose and also flexible for you all to manage within the context of family and work commitments.
GPTEC was held in September – a wonderful opportunity for the GP teaching community to get together and share ideas about training and education in the GP space. North Coast was proud to show case some of our innovations at the conference.
We’ve welcomed three new team members to the administration team with a Program Support Officer to assist the Medical Education Team and two trainees in education coordination and accreditation. The Medical Education and Education Coordination team remains stable which we hope assists you during your training journey.
And of course, many of you would now have met our Events Coordinator Laura Tyrie.
We’re looking forward to another engaging year here in the North Coast and hoping to see you all at the workshops over the year including the new faces from our 2020 cohort.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for being such a pleasure to teach over the year – your patience while we try to guide you through the complexities of GP training with college and Department of Health rules and regulations is much appreciated – we do strive to make it as seamless as we possibly can.
We wish you a safe and happy holiday season.
Clinical Associate Professor Rashmi Sharma OAM | Regional Head of Education North Coast
2020.1 Medicare provider number deadline changed
Deadline for 2020.1 Medicare paperwork now 6 December:
The deadline to submit an application for Medicare provider numbers for the 2020.1 term is Friday 6 December not Friday 13 December as previously advised. Please ensure you have submitted the signed AGPT paperwork for a placement to GP Synergy by 6 December 2019, and any Medicare initial provider number applications and other Medicare paperwork to Medicare by 6 December 2019 to avoid MPN processing delays.
Medicare provider number check:
Once you have received your Medicare provider number, you must check your letter to confirm you have been issued with a provider number with full billing rights before you commence billing patients. Registrars with refer and request rights will only be able to refer patients and request investigations, until a provider number with full billing rights is received.
2020.1 term dates:
3 February 2020 – 2 August 2020
Launch of the Learning Activities Packages!
The Learning Activities Packages (LAPs) are a set of learning activities you can complete to:
- help prepare you for your first GP term
- progress through GP training in your subsequent GP terms.
The learning activities are accessible through GPRime’s Quick Links and Subscriptions tab. Some learning activities are compulsory, such as the Pre-GP Term Assessment and the Procedural Skills Log, others are not but are highly recommended (e.g. PBS and Medicare online modules).
All RACGP and ACRRM registrars should review the LAPs as they will assist in addressing and identifying your learning needs as well as developing competency in clinical practice.
Where do registrars go for in-consultation information, advice and assistance?
Evidence for practice – findings from the GP Synergy Research and Evaluation Unit
Answering clinical questions arising from patient care improves care and increases patient safety. It is also a rich source of learning for registrars. Some questions need to be answered immediately – within the consultation that prompts the clinical question. Registrars seek in-consultation information and assistance in 21% of consultations, for 15% of all problems/diagnoses managed, and from multiple sources. The most common sources of information/assistance are the supervisor (or their delegate) in 45% of instances, and electronic sources (42%). Specialists (5.8%), other health professionals (3.9%) and hardcopy sources (9.7%) are much less common (note that more than one source can be used for a single question and more than one question can be generated per consultation).
Information is sought in 9.9% of instances for diagnosis, in 61.3% for management, and in 28.8% for both diagnosis and management. The most common systems for which information is sought are skin (16.0%), musculoskeletal (10.8%) and respiratory (10.7%).
The proportion of problems/diagnoses for which Term 1 registrars seek information or assistance is 21%; in Term 2 13%; in Term 3 11%; and in Term 4 8.6%.
Human information sources (rather than, mainly electronic, non-human sources) seem to be preferentially sought for more complex problems, even by these registrars who have trained in the ‘internet era’.
Magin P, Morgan S, Wearne S, Tapley A, Henderson K, Oldmeadow C, Ball J, Scott J, Spike N, McArthur L, van Driel M. General practitioners’ in-consultation information-seeking: associations with human, paper and electronic sources. 2015. Family Practice 32 (5): 525-532. doi:10.1093/fampra/cmv047.
For further information contact Professor Parker Magin, Director, NSW & ACT Research and Evaluation Unit: email@example.com
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.