GPET conferenceThe annual GPET conference has come and gone. getGP again made a number of significant contributions. Self care and attending to things of the soul have become very prominent threads in GP medical education. The conference included workshops on creative writing, using literature, music and medicine, meditative approaches to the consultation and dealing with suffering. Planet care also had a guernsey with Tim Flannery as the key note speaker. It was great to be able to participate in the conference, to share times with members of the getGP team and to network with colleagues from other RTPs.
GPET Medical Educator awardI felt much affirmed by my recent medical educator of the year award. I am humbled that my colleagues chose to put up the nomination. I feel very privileged to work with getGP. We have a great bunch of people in our organisation. There is a strong culture of support and creativity. There are many others who work with getGP who are worthy of public recognition for their contributions.
Term specific learning plansTo meet college requirements, a term specific learning plan has been added to GPRime. The intention of this tool is to facilitate a conversation between registrars and their supervisors at the commencement of a training term that will aid the matching of practice learning opportunities to the registrars learning needs.
Three new guideline documentsThree documents have been produced to assist getGP activities. A generic contract has been created for practices to use as a tool for developing their own contracts with registrars. A guidelines document for fulfilling the in-practice teaching requirements has been produced. A terms of reference document for the operational group has been created and ratified by the Board.
Practice match toolThe new web based computer driven practice match tool was used for the first time for the recent practice matches. A number of refinements have been made to the tool as a consequence. It has been a challenge for registrars and practices to adapt to the new process however the tool streamlines the matching process and enables a fair and transparent application of the getGP matching policies.
English and Communication skills
Julie Murray is leading the development of a robust process for identifying registrars who need additional help in English language and communication skills. She is also leading the roll-out of a program to enable these registrars to gain the necessary skills. A series of workshops are being run alongside the one-on-one support that is currently available. Julie participated in the selection interviews as the first initiative in identifying the registrars in need of additional language and communication support.
Dr James Brown
Director of Training