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Put your career in focus General Practice Explore the possibilities in GP Training
Today’s session General Practice as a Career Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Overview Applications for 2013 GP Registrar Perspective
Why General Practice Lifestyle Flexibility – training and career Diversity of medicine Portability of career
Role of a GP First contact Diagnostic methodology Early diagnosis of life-threatening and serious disease Continuity and availability of care Preventative medicine Holistic approach
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.
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 available Funded by Australian Government Can apply as early as Intern year
The GP Training Program Eligibility Australian/New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident General Registration For information on Eligibility visit
The GP Training Program GP Colleges For information on the GP curriculum Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine
The GP Training Program At a Glance
The GP Training Program Required Hospital Rotations Prior to commencing GP Terms, doctors must have completed * o General Medicine o General Surgery o Emergency o Paediatrics (or equivalent) o 3 optional rotations relevant to General Practice Recognition of Prior Learning may apply * Rotations must be weeks duration
The GP Training Program Training Pathways General Pathway There is flexibility and options available as to how GP Terms are undertaken. Elect one of the following options 12 months training In outer metropolitan location or In rural location (RA 2-5) or In non-capital city classified as RA1 2 x 6 months training 6mths training outer Metropolitan 6 mths training rural location (RA 2-5) 6 mths training non-capital city (RA1) 6 mths training Indigenous health in AMS
The GP Training Program Training Pathways Rural Pathway Minimum 18 months GP term training in rural location (RA 2-5) Doctors affected by the rural moratorium can only train in this pathway Generous financial incentives for rural pathways
Doctor Connect Website To find out about - RA and Outer metro classifications - Financial Incentives linked to RA
Special Interest? Sub-specialise! Special Skills Terms 6 months term where you can focus on one particular area/specialty Possible terms include, and are not limited to: o Paediatrics o Emergency Medicine o Procedural Posts » Surgery » Obstetrics & Gynaecology » Anaesthetics o Aboriginal Health o Dermatology o Academic Research o And many, many, many more...
Financial Incentives A range of generous financial incentives exist for both rural pathway and general pathway registrars including GPRIP and Outer Metropolitan Registrar Program A HELP/HECS reimbursement scheme also operates for rural registrars. Each RTP have their own support packages – contact your local RTP for more information
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 practice GPs – varies enormously however the more you work the more you can earn
The 2013 AGPT Application and Selection Process Application and eligibility check Applicants 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 assessment Eligible 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. Regional training provider selection and placement offers The matched RTP examines the application. They may ask for additional information, or an interview.
Online Application Applications open 16 April 2012 Applications close 18 May 2012 Three steps to the application 1.Complete online application 2.Send hardcopy application with supporting documentation 3.Submit 2 referee contact names Advised to start process as soon as possible Time required to collect required documentation Time required to collect referee reports Questions about applying? Call AGPT or local RTP Please note: This information is subject to change – always visit the AGPT website before applying.
Selection Process - 1 National Assessment Centres 16 June – 1 July Melbourne dates to be advised Applicants will sit a Situational Judgement Test (SJT) and participate in Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI). Completion of this stage does not guarantee a training place The final stage of selection may require an interview
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 either Rank five options Choose three responses An SJT is used in assessing Clinical knowledge Analytical/problem solving skills Professional/ethical attributes
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 examine Communication/interpersonal skills Organisation/management skills Personal attributes An applicants sense of vocation/motivation for general practice.
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 Manager
What next? Complete a Registration of Interest Form Read the Victorian RTP literature Find out about GP Career Events in Victoria Contact Pauline Ingham for specific queriies Join the Going Places Network
Is general practice the specialty you have been looking for?
Questions? General Practice Explore the possibilities in GP Training