We have an outstanding team of medical educators, a wide variety of opportunities, and a supportive learning culture. We’re here to help you learn, grow and achieve your general practice aspirations.
1. Our medical education team is inspired and inspiring
Our educators are experienced and passionate GPs who are also highly accomplished in their fields. For example, Dr Ben Mitchell is a lecturer at the University of Queensland, where he teaches and researches. Dr Danielle Arabena is a specialist in Indigenous health and healing, while Dr Patricia Stuart has years of experience in rural medicine. Our medical educators will mentor you and provide ongoing guidance via regular small group meetings with yourself and other registrars. Discover our medical educators.
You’ll also learn general practice through hands-on training with our GP supervisors within RACGP and ACRRM accredited practices.
For eight years, Dr Karen Savery, Brisbane based Medical Educator and GP, examined for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) in their practical exams. This led to her becoming a medical educator, and Karen has been involved with GPTQ for the last five years.
“What I enjoy most about being a medical educator is the ability to learn alongside the registrars that are coming through – they teach you as much as you teach them,” says Karen. “I think my general practice has improved because of my medical education work as much as I am hopefully improving others.”
2. We provide a supportive culture
Your education with GPTQ is supported day-to-day by your GP supervisor. However, you also meet regularly with a small group of registrars and a medical educator. Our medical educators are accessible outside these meetings too.
We also have registrars who act as a liaison between other registrars and staff. They can provide peer support or address specific concerns and raise them with GPTQ management. Our Registrar Liaison Officers represent all GPTQ registrars, giving you a voice and focal point. Our current Registrar Liason Officers are: Krystyna de Lange and Ghazal Ghodosi.
Krystyna says: “Hopefully I can help guide them through the transition from hospital to the general practice setting so that they have the best possible experience during that journey.”
At GPTQ, we offer you additional vocational training course work and workshops on a wide range of medical and non-medical topics of interest such as patient communication skills. We hold a GPTQ conference annually to explore how we can extend our scope clinically, in education activities, in our communities, as well as in personal development.
3. We offer a vast array of opportunities to build your medical career
With GPTQ, our rural registrars can choose to pursue a particular medical interest via a training post in a specialised area such as anaesthetics, or obstetrics and gynaecology. Rural Registrars experience and develop specialised skills in one or two disciplines during your training while enhancing your medical knowledge. You can do this in a range of ways outlined here.
You can also choose to combine medical research with your GP training via an academic post. At GPTQ, we’ve had more than 20 registrars complete academic posts in the past seven years and we’ll encourage and support your interest in combining clinical training with academia.
Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to undertake training at an Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS). You can elect to undertake an AGPT-accredited Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health training post during your training with us. We also provide mandatory Indigenous community health training. This meets the requirements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Curriculum Statement for both RACGP and ACRRM. Find out more about our Indigenous health program.
4. We will help you pass your exams to achieve Fellowship
We keep you on track with a wide range of support and a structured study program. We offer a Facebook exam preparation support group coordinated by four medical educators, exam preparation tips, and individual support, coaching and mentoring throughout your training. We ensure that you get the best results you can achieve.
5. Our location ensures a relaxed and balanced lifestyle
Southeast Queensland offers you and your loved ones a great lifestyle. From pristine beaches to stunning hinterland, thriving metropolis to rural retreats, there’s something to please everyone.
Experience rural medicine in Goondiwindi, enjoy an ocean swim before the workday in Ningi or revel in Brisbane’s evolving food scene after a busy day seeing patients. Our region offers a diversity of lifestyle and, more importantly, a breadth of medical experience.
Not only that but with GPTQ, you can choose where you undertake your training. Not only what region or town you train in but even what specific practice. We offer you the opportunity to select your own practice through our matching and allocation process.
Discover our training districts and wonderful regional towns.