Regional Head of Education update
As 2019 draws to an end, I’d love you all to reflect on why you wish to be a GP. When I reflect, I am humbled that I am able to care for a person, a family and a community. As GPs we never lose sight that the patient rather than the problem is at the centre of our consultation. At times it’s really tough to step up and look after someone rather than purely coordinating tests and referring them on, but the reward for taking on care of the patient is something few other specialists get. We make a difference to the patient, their family and community.
Sometimes during training, it is easy to lose sight of what it means to be a good GP. Workload, re-location for work, external family pressures can all take their toll. Our role at GP Synergy is to help you navigate this tough journey. Our medical education team and Dubbo office team are all working tirelessly to help you train. We hope that you have found our workshop and exam program beneficial, but we also hope that you have found our other support in things such as navigating AGPT and college policies, relocation support and pastoral care just as beneficial. Whatever your stage of training, please feel free to contact your medical educator or education coordinator (Rachel Harris) for further assistance and support.
For those starting in a general practice term in 2020, a new training requirement of a procedural log becomes compulsory. If you are currently working in a hospital setting, maybe think about starting the procedural log now. You can find the log by searching Forms, Documents & Links in GPRime.
For those in you first or second general practice term, now is the time to check in with your medical educator and reflect on how you are tracking. Have you completed the ReCEnT study? Have you completed the compulsory UNSW online research module? Have you started studying for exams?
For those who have recently sat exams, I wish you all a favourable outcome and hope as you near the end of your training, you consider remaining in Western NSW to help look after the community in this wonderful region.
On behalf of the Dubbo team, we wish you all the very best for the coming holiday season.
Dr Anna Windsor | Regional Head of Education Western NSW
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.