Every year the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program offers 1,500 training places in cities and regional, rural and remote areas of Australia.
Here in South East Queensland, a key part of GPTQ’s job as a Regional Training Provider (RTO) is to promote AGPT and the profession of General Practice to candidates of all medical backgrounds.
How do we ensure that we connect with this all important audience? Well, one of the most effective ways is to take General Practice into the hospital settings where young doctors are already working and training.
GPTQ works in partnership with dedicated medical education officers and directors of clinical training in the South East Queensland hospital network to provide a range of opportunities for training doctors (whether they are starting out, or are further along on the medical training journey) to gain exposure to General Practice and see what a career in the field can look like.
These opportunities include presentations from current GP Registrars at hospital education sessions and AGPT information events and webinars.
Toowoomba Hospital Principal Medical Education Officer Samantha Ward says GPTQ’s personalised approach to sharing information about the world of general practice is how the hospital has been able to build regular GP-focused activities into its calendar.
“We host two breakfast or lunchtime meet and greet events with GPTQ representatives for students and junior doctors during orientation week each year,” Samantha explains.
“There is always a current GP Registrar in attendance and stories of their experiences of in-practice training and the opportunities a career in GP can deliver give our audiences a great ‘real world’ view.”
In partnership with GPTQ, Toowoomba Hospital holds three GP education sessions each year delivered by a GP Registrar and one information session focused on the AGPT Program and the program application process.
At Redland Hospital GPTQ’s partnership with the hospital’s Medical Education team is helping to grow an annual crop of Rural Generalists.
Redland Hospital Principal Medical Education Officer Mita Parmar explains: “The hospital has always offered Advanced Training for Rural Generalists at Redland, and in recent years, through our relationship with GPTQ we have been able to develop a stable cohort of Rural Generalist Pathway registrars who train with us in their junior doctor years and then go on to do their Advanced Training with us as well.”
“The benefits of this for the registrar are many,” she says.
“It gives them stability and continuity on their training journey—their time with us allows us to nurture them and support their training and career aspirations in a close-knit setting.”
AGPT second intake – 2023
With second intake applications for AGPT 2023 set to open later this year, GPTQ will be hosting webinars in July and August exploring AGPT training on the Rural Pathway with RACGP and pursuing a career in Rural Generalism with ACRMM.
Register to attend one or both of these webinars here.