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“I chose to become a GP as I was attracted to the diversity of clinical exposure and the opportunity to forge an ongoing engagement with patients and families,” she said.
As part of her GP training,
An academic post usually takes 12 months to complete on a part-time basis, alongside a registrar’s general practice
“I was attracted to the Australian General Practice Training academic post as it allowed me to dip into teaching and research with support and guidance. I wanted to explore whether I was suited to teaching and research as I looked ahead at the rest of my career.
“The opportunity to travel to Canberra and learn from some of the best GP researchers really attracted me to the academic post also.”
As part of her academic post,
“The focus of the research was interviewing practicing GPs and GP registrars, and the findings were fascinating.”
“I received monthly supervision of my teaching with a
“I would definitely recommend doing an academic post to other GMT registrars, it is a well-supported way to explore research and teaching within the GP context. The flexibility and independence it offered really
Generalist Medical Training’s (GMT) Deputy Director Associate Professor Carole Reeve says an academic post can be a very useful opportunity for GP registrars interested in research.
“The everyday practice of GPs is based on evidence. GPs need to be able to filter, critically appraise, interpret and apply information. An academic post is a useful way to hone these critical thinking abilities, further develop research skills, and to learn more about teaching,” said Associate Professor Reeve.
GMT registrars on academic posts have completed research in areas including rheumatic heart disease, access to health care services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, rural workforce and access to health care, and have attended conferences to present their research.
“Some of our GMT academic post registrar’s attended the World Organisation of Family Doctors 2017 international conference earlier this year. GMT had six abstracts accepted at the conference and it was a wonderful opportunity for our registrars to gain experience presenting their research at an international forum,” said Associate Professor Reeve.
“I plan to work overseas in a developing world context in the next few years, and will be looking for opportunities to teach and perhaps undertake some research in that context.”
Find out more about undertaking an academic post with GMT.