Supervisor Liaison Officer update
GPTEC 2019 was once again a feast of friends, fine education, fun and the odd fantastic outburst!
Melbourne in 2019 more than lived up to expectations and, although to be truthful, I wondered if it was just going to be a replay of previous conferences. Fortunately each session had something interesting, intriguing and clever. If you miss Darwin in 2020 you will, fair dinkum, be forever fatally flawed.
It’s funny to reflect on how many prejudices you carry into a conference. How could a thirty-something technical whizz with an outrageous haircut possibly educate and inspire me. Particularly after the fabulous Anh Do’s opening address of last year. I was wrong Jordan Nguyen was fantastic. He explained artificial intelligence elegantly while having fun at the same time. For those there, we will always remember Chris’s name.
We were given insights into new technologies that will shape our world. 3-D printed houses from a gadget that looks like a giant toothpaste tube. Built in three days, these homes put McMansions to shame, and at $7,000 a pop they will almost certainly be part of the future. Also, the personal drone that is no bigger than a mini minor and can fly you from home to your destination automatically – the Jetsons of our childhood is now the reality of today. Of course, the challenge is to take on board these technologies without losing sight of the humanity that they serve.
With four parallel sessions it was impossible to really pick winners so I just wandered into whatever was handy and was always pleasantly surprised. From studies that tried to determine trainees who were going to struggle, to sessions on how the FRACGP exam is structured, to another on avoiding common pitfalls of the KFP. If the question asks for four responses only give four responses. More than four earns negative marks. The record goes to a candidate that gave 15 responses!
The second day began with a forum chaired by Jeff McMullen AM. Once again it's impressive to see someone on top of their game demonstrating their skills. Bringing the thoughts and feelings of eight leaders of the profession into a cohesive discussion for 90 minutes was no mean feat. But what did I learn? I learned to go away and make my own future and not rely on governments, colleges or even the next generation for the answers to my problems.
A highlight was the game to teach you clinical reasoning, where you roll a dice to determine the thinking to be used on a clinical problem dealt to you by a pack of cards. Great fun and apparently with a group of medical educators and pre-dinner drinks it’s just a blast.
The final address was given by Tim Costello one of Australia’s living national treasures. An advocate for those who have fallen on hard times or those who have missed out, or those who have just had bad luck. It’s admirable that he is able to keep going. He candidly confessed that his children ask him, "Have you ever made a difference to any of the causes you've undertaken? Perhaps you should consider a holiday instead!”. I did feel for him though. There was one of the world’s most notable advocates against the perils of gambling being asked to give the closing address to a group of GPs enjoying the comforts of one of the world’s biggest casinos with rows and rows of gambling tables only a few metres away. Sometimes it does make you wonder.
From Adelaide last year to Melbourne this year and Darwin the next stop, this has to be one of the best ways to see the country.
Dr Ian Charlton | Supervisor Liaison Officer
Training placements for 2020.1
Now that practices have updated their training vacancies and practice profile in GPRime2:
- GP Synergy will confirm the practice capacity by 15 Oct 2019.
- 16 Oct 2019 practices will be notified of practice caps.
- 21 Oct 2019 registrars will be able to apply to practices within their assigned grouping.
Term placement information for practices is available on GPRime.
Dr Colin Gunter generously shares his knowledge about deprescribing inappropriate medicine in older patients with GP Synergy registrars as a presenter at the annual Fusion workshop.
It is twelve months since I contributed my last MESP update, and back then was exclaiming that it is extraordinary to think that we are coming to the end of another year. And here we are again! Another twelve months of (educational) water under the (GP training) bridge – random case analysis, regional supervisor workshops, the Supervisor Professional Development Workshop, procedural skills teaching, direct observation, webinars, exam preparation, emails!
And attending another GPTEC (General Practice Training and Education Conference), the annual GP training conference held every September. This year, GPTEC19 was hosted in Melbourne. There were a number of highlights from GPTEC19. I found the keynote speaker on day one, Jordan Nguyen, truly inspirational, and applaud the organising committee by ‘thinking outside the square’ by inviting him. His enthusiasm was infectious, hair ridiculous (his words, not mine!), and his messages about being ambitious in your goals and investing energy into people less advantaged than oneself were persuasively made.
As in past years, there were multiple excellent presentations relevant to GP supervisors, with many delivered by colleagues from GP Synergy. These included papers on the clinical reasoning skills of GP supervisors and medical educators, supporting the ‘supervisor in difficulty’, and exploring the de-prescribing behaviour of GP registrars. On behalf of the Medical Educator with Supervisor Portfolio (MESP) team I presented a paper on the recently updated GP Synergy Supervisor Toolkit, describing its development and content, plus early findings from an evaluation of its utility undertaken by supervisors attending the Supervisor Professional Development Workshop in June this year. Overall supervisors found the toolkit easy to navigate, and specific comments were generally favourable, with a number of good suggestions for further development (including adding resources for orientation of registrars to the practice, and information on ADF registrars).
The toolkit will be further reviewed over the next few months taking into account all the feedback we receive. We encourage you to take a look at the toolkit and invite you to post direct feedback by clicking on the feedback tab at the bottom of the landing page.
As part of the supervisor professional development program, I had the pleasure recently of travelling to my hometown of Orange for an all-day regional workshop of the core topics for 2019. I presented ‘When things go wrong – supporting the registrar in difficulty’ and my MESP colleague Skye Boughen presented the other core topic ‘Real EBM – integrating experience and evidence into clinical teaching’. I was again impressed and humbled by the commitment, engagement and passion of our GP supervisor cohort.
I hope to see you at a supervisor educational event soon.
Simon Morgan | Senior Medical Educator
Supervisor Toolkit tip
The supervisor toolkit contains links to a variety of useful resources. Need some tips on teaching time management to your registrar?
The article 'Ten tips for becoming a Time Lord' by Andrew Knight and Tony Lembke maybe just what you need!
The AGPT program is a fantastic opportunity for registrars to experience rural general practice in a supervised and supported environment. Our two new guides will assist registrars explore training options in Western NSW and New England/Northwest.
Enter our video competition - great prizes to be won!
GP Synergy is running a video competition to showcase rural general practice in NSW.
Entries will open soon – keep an eye out for details in your email inbox.
You don't need any film making experience - just grab your smartphone and go!
Videos should be up to three minutes in length and can be a short story, a documentary, interview/s, an original poem or music, even an animation or series of photographs. Videos can be funny, serious or educational.
First prize is $3000 and second prize is $1500.
Practice payments in GPRime - now available
Practice payments include:
- at-a-glance total invoice amounts, total amount paid and overpayments
- monthly payment summaries of registrars at your practice
- downloadable payment summaries
- access to active and archived invoices and recipient created credit notes.
Head to GPRime for our handy Frequently Asked Questions.
GP Synergy PD calendar
Make sure you don't miss an event or webinar by accessing the supervisor professional development calendar on our website.
External activity noticeboard
Explore a list of activities and online modules including RACGP point-of-care ultrasound workshops in Canberra and Sydney.
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