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Help shape the next generation of doctors

Many GPs have a natural desire to teach our next generation of doctors alongside their clinical practice.

Doctors are highly educated, caring and often have the desire to improve more patients’ lives by influencing the way other GPs deliver health care.

Medical education is a way to indirectly impact thousands of patients instead of just the few I see myself.

Dr John Buckley

What is a medical educator?

Our medical educators (MEs) are GPs who guide the registrars on our training program. MEs educate, train, support and provide Fellowship exam preparation for our registrars. MEs form strong bonds with their registrars and are a constant source of support and encouragement.

Most of our MEs work part-time while also practicing as GPs. They also partake in professional development to help them become better MEs.

How do I become a medical educator?

GPTQ recruits its MEs from a pool of ECT visitors. If you’re interested in medical education with GPTQ, contact us to express an interest in becoming an ECT visitor. We’ll invite you to our next ECT visitor induction program. You will receive regular and ongoing training in this area and be invited to apply for a medical educator role as positions become available.

The General Practice Registrar Medical Educator Network (GPRMEN) was formed in 2009 to address a marked increase in registrars interested in medical education. Registrar Medical Educators (RMEs) can access support through the GPRMEN. The network is also currently advocating for establishing a formal, defined career pathway for these RMEs in medical education.

Email GPTQ to indicate your interest in becoming an ECT visitor in the first instance.

What’s involved in being a medical educator?

Our medical educators facilitate training through small group workshops. MEs usually meet fortnightly with their group of registrars face-to-face or via video conferencing. These sessions provide an opportunity for registrars to collectively discuss and consolidate their clinical training experiences. MEs are also available outside these meetings to offer advice about policy, placements and other areas impacting GP registrars, their careers and even life in general. They can also assist GP registrars develop their learning and training plans in conjunction with their GP supervisor.

ME tasks include:

  • Induction meetings with registrars to discuss their training programs
  • Fortnightly face-to-face or video conferencing with small groups of registrars (usually about 15 registrars)
  • Attendance at annual GPTQ conference in Brisbane with all registrars
  • Conducting ECT visits
  • Contributing to the development of the education program

Some of our MEs take on particular roles and responsibilities, such as looking after registrars who are on academic posts.

We believe in helping registrars find an appropriate work–life balance. An ME acts as a mentor who helps our registrars succeed in their training, while also providing the emotional support to ensure our next generation of doctors is thriving. Read more about this aspect of being an ME in Dr Lesley Palmer’s profile.

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