Starting off in the field of general practice can be overwhelming for registrars. The learning plan is the document that sets out the learning, clinical experiences and assessment which the registrar will undertake to develop knowledge and skills in the areas that meet their needs. The learning plan is facilitated by you and approved by the registrar’s Training Adviser. The development of the learning plan can be guided by a range of headings such as:
• What I need/want to learn.
• My learning strategies and
• How I will know I have succeeded.
For the first few weeks in general practice the learning plan may look like this:
• Complete GP-Start module 1-3 and KCA by date/month/year.
• Be comfortable with management of anaphylaxis in general practice.
• Download wall chart.
• Do on-line allergy module www.allergy.org.au.
• Simulated scenario with practice nurse and supervisor during teaching session on date/month/year.
Registrars are required to have a current learning plan which needs to be updated and reviewed at least every 3 months. This needs to be entered onto GPRime.
GPRime is the On-Line system that QRME uses for communication, storage of documents and for keeping track of completion of educational requirements.
To log into GPRime go to www.qrme-gprime.org.au and enter your login details given to you by the Accreditations Officer. If you do not know this information, email Grace Keogh for this information on firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that access details are not given over the phone.
Please see the GPRime User Manual for Supervisors (Appendix A) for full details on how to enter learning plan items.
Mandatory Learning Activities
Following the visit a report is compiled by the ECT Visitor. This report highlights areas where you have achieved the required level of competency, and areas where further development may be required. The report is posted on GPRime and can be accessed by you, your supervisor and QRME staff. This allows further tailoring of your learning plan and education.An ECT visit may also incorporate a Training Adviser consultation.
Rural Medicine Advanced
Is a small group based learning activity in the second 6 months of PRRT1 which aims to further increase your knowledge and clinical decision making skills in rural general practice; to help you become more familiar with exam question format and to facilitate peer-peer learning and teaching.
This learning tool is based on the recognition and understanding of the critical step/s in the resolution of a clinical problem, (commonly referred to as the ‘Key Feature’). For this semester focus is on rural general practice internal medicine in the fields of gastroenterology, respiratory medicine, neurology, endocrinology and nephrology.
GP Supervisors/Trainers, Teachers and Medical Educators
GP Supervisors/Trainers from private practices and accredited GP rural hospitals are QRME’s key teaching staff. They are experienced General Practitioners/rural doctors in QRME’s accredited teaching practices.
External Clinical Teachers
In addition, QRME utilises experienced General Practitioners/rural doctors as external clinical teachers (ECTs) who visit Registrars in Training Practices to supplement the teaching provided by the practice.
Medical Educators (ME’s) are experienced General Practitioners with educational expertise. Medical educators provide educational programs, Registrar support and teacher training and are involved in the implementation of the training program. Medical Educators act as training advisors, and help Registrars develop learning goals and plans to meet their needs.
The Registrar Liaison Officers are appointed by the Registrars for a two year term. The RLOs facilitate Registrar input into the development, implementation and evaluation of the QRME Training program and represents QRME Registrars with the General Practice Registrars Association (GPRA).
The Supervisor Liaison Officer role is to act as a local reference person for all GP Supervisors for issues of concern, for support, and to encourage development of the significant role of the Supervisor/Trainer in the Registrars educational experience.
Supervisor Liaison Officers
Dr Tim Lloyd-Morgan
Dr Jim McConochie
Medical Educator / Hospital Liaison Officer (HLO)
Dr Claire Palmer
Registrar Liaison Officers
Dr Charles Mudimu – South (email RLOS@qrme.org.au)
Dr Kit Haydock – North Coast (email RLONC@qrme.org.au)
Dr Chris Barry – Central Qld (email RLOCQ@qrme.org.au)
Dr Sidya Raghavan – RLO IMG’s (email RLO-IMG@qrme.org.au)