Presentation on theme: "Put your career in focus"— Presentation transcript:
1 Put your career in focus General PracticeExplore the possibilities in GP Training
2 Today’s session Agenda: ME/Supervisor Talk about their career General Practice as a CareerAustralian General Practice Training (AGPT) OverviewApplications for 2013GP Registrar PerspectiveAgenda:ME/Supervisor Talk about their careerME/Supervisor AGPT Overview + Applications for 2013GP registrar Talk about their experience in the program
3 Why General Practice Lifestyle Flexibility – training and career Diversity of medicinePortability of careerPresenter to talk about the benefits of a GP career. If a GP, share their own GP career journey
4 Role of a GP First contact Diagnostic methodology Early diagnosis of life-threatening and serious diseaseContinuity and availability of carePreventative medicineHolistic approachTalk about the benefits of a GP career
5 How do I become a GP?As an Australian graduate your pathway for general practice is the AGPT which is delivered by 17 RTPs throughout Australia.In Victoria there are 4 RTPs.Unlike other specialities, in General Practice the GP colleges do not deliver the training. The training is managed nationally by General Practice Education and Training (GPET) and the training is delivered by 17 RTPs.Name the 4 RTPs and then go to the map on the next slide.AGPT – Australian General Practice TrainingRTP – Regional Training Provider
7 The GP Training Program Fast Facts 3-4 years (depending on fellowship choice)Training time may be reduced via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) – Hospital training time only.Part-time training options and leave options availableFunded by Australian GovernmentCan apply as early as Intern year
8 The GP Training Program Eligibility Australian/New Zealand Citizen or Permanent ResidentGeneral RegistrationFor information on Eligibility visit
9 The GP Training Program GP Colleges For information on the GP curriculumRoyal Australian College of General PractitionersAustralian College of Rural and Remote MedicineThere are two GP colleges operating in Australia. The choice is up to each doctor. Contact the colleges or visit their websites to gain an understanding of their curriculum and program. You do not have to select a college until you have commenced in the AGPT program.
10 The GP Training Program At a Glance Objective of this slide is to show theMain thing to point out isThe blue column is ACRRMThe red column is RACGPEither a 3 year program with RACGPOr 4 year program with ACRRM or RACGP via FARGPThis is in the seminar pack.
11 The GP Training Program Required Hospital Rotations Prior to commencing GP Terms, doctors must have completed *General MedicineGeneral SurgeryEmergencyPaediatrics (or equivalent)3 optional rotations relevant to General PracticeRecognition of Prior Learning may apply* Rotations must be weeks durationAny questions regarding rotations should be directed to RTP staff before undertaking the rotation.
12 The GP Training Program Training Pathways General PathwayThere is flexibility and options available as to how GP Terms are undertaken.Elect one of the following options12 months trainingIn outer metropolitan location orIn rural location (RA 2-5) orIn non-capital city classified as RA1More flexibility exists in the General Pathway, there are lots of options to fulfill the return of service obligation.2 x 6 months training6mths training outer Metropolitan6 mths training rural location (RA 2-5)6 mths training non-capital city (RA1)6 mths training Indigenous health in AMS
13 The GP Training Program Training Pathways Rural PathwayMinimum 18 months GP term training in rural location (RA 2-5)Doctors affected by the rural moratorium can only train in this pathwayGenerous financial incentives for rural pathways
14 Doctor Connect Website To find out aboutRA and Outer metro classificationsFinancial Incentives linked to RAHelpful site to understand locations RA and the incentives offered in each location.
15 Special Interest? Sub-specialise! Special Skills Terms6 months term where you can focus on one particular area/specialtyPossible terms include, and are not limited to:PaediatricsEmergency MedicineProcedural PostsSurgeryObstetrics & GynaecologyAnaestheticsAboriginal HealthDermatologyAcademic ResearchAnd many, many, many more...When a GPR enters the program, the develop an Individual learning plan (ILP) with the RTP. You need to advise the RTP of your special interests.Talk with your chosen RTP to find out more
16 Financial IncentivesA range of generous financial incentives exist for both rural pathway and general pathway registrars including GPRIP and Outer Metropolitan Registrar ProgramA HELP/HECS reimbursement scheme also operates for rural registrars.Each RTP have their own support packages – contact your local RTP for more informationEach RTP will have different policies about these options. Applicants are encouraged to contact the RTP before applying.
17 What about the pay?GPT1 and GPT2 have standard contracts based on 2012 National Minimum Terms and Conditions (Refer to GPRA)GPT 3 and GPT4 – negotiable with your practiceGPs – varies enormously however the more you work the more you can earnIt is not possible to give exact salary ranges for GPs. There are too many variables. However, GPRA has an “online earnings calculator” on their website which you can refer doctors to if they want more information.
18 The 2013 AGPT Application and Selection Process Application and eligibility checkApplicants submit an online application, supporting documentation, referee details and four preferences for the RTPs they would like to train with. GPET confirms each applicants eligibility.National assessmentEligible applicants attend a National Assessmnet Centre between 16 June and 1 July 2012, where they will undertake a Situational Judgement Test (SJT) and Multiple Mini Inrterviews (MMIs). Both assessments determine each applicants score. Applicants will be informed of their score and given the option to modify their RTP preferences.Depending on an applicant’s score and RTP preferences it is established if the applicant can be shortlisted with an RTP.Applications are earlier than previous years – one month early. New national assessment and selection process.Regional training provider selection and placement offersThe matched RTP examines the application. They may ask for additional information, or an interview.
19 Online Application Three steps to the application Applications open 16 April 2012Applications close 18 May 2012Three steps to the applicationComplete online applicationSend hardcopy application with supporting documentationSubmit 2 referee contact namesAdvised to start process as soon as possibleTime required to collect required documentationTime required to collect referee reportsQuestions about applying?Call AGPT or local RTPPlease note: This information is subject to change – always visit the AGPT websitebefore applying.2013 Applications are one month earlier than in previous years.
20 Selection Process - 1 National Assessment Centres 16 June – 1 July Melbourne dates to be advisedApplicants will sit a Situational Judgement Test (SJT) and participate in Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI).Completion of this stage does not guarantee a training placeThe final stage of selection may require an interviewApplicants can choose an Assessment Centre anywhere in Australia. Applicants choose a centre when they submit their application. Each centre will have a maximum capacity, once that is filled, latecomers may have to book a centre in another state to the state of origin, so need to get in early with booking.
21 Selection Process - 2 Situational Judgement Test (SJT) An SJT is a written test of 50 questions. Applicants have two hours to complete the test.There are 2 types of questions, requiring the applicant to eitherRank five optionsChoose three responsesAn SJT is used in assessingClinical knowledgeAnalytical/problem solving skillsProfessional/ethical attributes
22 Selection Process - 3 Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) An MMI is a series of 10-minute interview stations, with at least one interview station for each required assessment criteria.Each applicant has two minutes to read the question and has 8 minutes to answer to the interviewer.MMI’s are used to examineCommunication/interpersonal skillsOrganisation/management skillsPersonal attributesAn applicants sense of vocation/motivation for general practice.
23 Still undecided about GP? Consider doing a GP placement as a HMO – “try before you buy”The Prevocational General Practice Placement Program (PGPPP) is available throughout rural, regional, urban and outer-metropolitan locations. Over 40 posts in Victoria.Interested doctors should contact their Medical Workforce Unit ManagerIf undecided about GP, then consider a PGPPP post. Full Victorian post listing in brochure in seminar pack.The benefits of a PGPPP are■ Real life experience in general practice over and above that of undergraduate training■ Ongoing and personal mentoring by experienced and dedicated GPs.■ Direct patient contact with responsibility for your own patients.■ Enhanced understanding of the Australian primary health care system.■ Great networking opportunities.■ Increased confidence and independence to take into future training and work environments.
24 What next? Complete a Registration of Interest Form Read the Victorian RTP literatureFind out about GP Career Events in VictoriaContact Pauline Ingham for specific queriiesJoin the Going Places NetworkEncourage attendees to register interest, collect the forms and then send them to Pauline to add to the Victorian database. They will receive a newsletter and invitations to events.Contact Pauline Ingham at for more information
25 Is general practice the specialty you have been looking for? If an ambassador is present – they can talk to this slide.If not:draw attention to the membership form in the seminar information pack., or they can join onlineand advise attendees the name of the current GP Ambassador for future reference.encourage doctors to look into becoming an Ambassador, send them to the website for more information
26 Explore the possibilities in GP Training Questions?General PracticeExplore the possibilities in GP Training