How to Become a GP Trainer
Help us train the next generation of GPs
Why Become a GP Trainer?
If you have a passion for education and a desire to share your GP skills with the future GP workforce, then becoming a GP trainer can be a very rewarding experince. It provides you with the chance to up-skill as an educator, keep abreast of innovations in the field, and creates an atmosphere of teaching and learning across the entire practice.
The time you need to spend with registrars depends upon their level of training, but the education component is not solely up to you to deliver. Other GPs and allied health practitioners can all contribute to providing the education required by registrars. Your job is to ensure their experince whilst placed with you prepares them to become competant and confident GPs.
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What is an Accredited Training Post?
GP registrars must work in accredited Training Practices/Posts during their involvement with the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT). Training Practices are accredited by either ACRRM or the RACGP (or both) depending on their location and the range of experience they can offer the GP registrar.
- Training Post Accreditation Process
The Training Practice/Post Accreditation process can take between 3 to 6 months and is summarised below:
- Interested practice contacts Accreditation Team at WAGPET. If the practice meets the initial criteria, and wishes to proceed with the application, they will be sent accreditation paperwork for completion.
- Practice completes the TP&S Accreditation - Initial Contact Form and returns with supporting documentation to WAGPET.
- WAGPET’s Medical Educators (General Practitioners), Training and Education Manager and Regional Advisory Committee review the information provided by the practice.
The information provided is reviewed against both WAGPET and college (ACRRM and/or RACGP) standards to determine whether all criteria are met.
Criteria includes, but is not limited to:
- Number of existing training practices in the area and fill rate per semester
- Training Post/Supervisor motivation
- Registrar training opportunities
- Demonstrated supervision and/or teaching experience
- Patient demographics
- Registrar identified need
If the practice meets the minimum criteria, WAGPET arranges a visit to the practice. The purpose being to meet staff, view the facility; outline education and training requirements and practice contractual obligations within the program.
If the required standards are met, WAGPET will approve the practice to be granted Accreditation and forward a recommendation to the relevant college for endorsement.
Once endorsed, the training positions at the practice are advertised to registrars.
- Accreditation Requirements
Practices can choose to be accredited by one, or both, of the Colleges to train registrars.
The RACGP accredits practices at one of two levels.
Training posts accredited at this level can host registrars at all levels of training. Registrars in their first two GP training terms (Basic and Advanced terms) require additional supervision, education and support from their supervisor and this is reflected in the criteria.
Training posts accredited at this level are only accredited to host registrars in their third GP training term and beyond (Subsequent term, Extended Skills and Awaiting Fellowship).
Please refer to RACGP Standards for Trainers and Training Posts for full details of the standards.
Rural Practices and GPs who meet the ACRRM Standards for Teaching Posts and Teachers in rural and remote medicine can apply to WAGPET for consideration as a training practice.
The ACRRM criteria for a training post include:
- Located in a rural or remote location (RA 2-5)
- Provide appropriate training resources and be suitably equipped to support teaching
- Have a documented teaching plan and provide structured dedicated clinical teaching
- Provide a range of clinical learning opportunities
- Evaluates the training provided to improve quality
The ACRRM criteria for a GP supervisor include:
- Sufficient qualifications to act as a supervisor or mentor
- Minimum of five years general practice experience in a rural or remote setting
- Demonstrated commitment and abilities as a teacher.
Please read the ACRRM Standards for Teaching Posts and Teachers for full details of the standards to be met by GPs and practices to become involved in rural general practice training.
- Accreditation Overview
Accreditation of a practice for AGPT indicates that the supervisor and the practice are able and willing to provide registrars with the level of supervision, teaching and educational experience to support their progress through the training program. The supervisor must be an experienced GP who is able to mentor the registrar.
Practices accredited with ACRRM and/or RACGP must meet the standards set out by the College/s. Practices must identify a principal supervisor and it is preferred that the practice also nominates additional supervisors as well.
Accreditation is granted for a period of three years following approval. If there are any changes to the details of your original accreditation application, including training supervisor and practice manager positions, WAGPET is to be notified immediately in writing.
WAGPET undertakes ongoing monitoring and assessment of all accredited training posts and supervisors every year, and conducts a formal reaccreditation review every 3 years to ensure the college standards continue to be met.
Supervisors should be aware that accreditation is site specific and they are not able to transfer accreditation from one practice to another. If a supervisor moves to a new practice and wishes to continue supervising registrars on the program, an application for re-accreditation will need to be submitted.
- How to Apply
To become an accredited training practice or post, you will firstly need to speak with WAGPET to express your interest in hosting registrars and/or prevocational doctors. Your practice and GPs will need to meet basic eligibility criteria before an application will be sent to you.
The minimum criteria are as follows:
- The practice or post must have, or be in the process for acquiring, AGPAL or GPA accreditation or be in a rural location
- The training post must offer a wide range of learning opportunities
- Outer metropolitan and regional practices located in RA 2-5 areas are preferred due to training requirements. Inner metropolitan practices will be considered, however conditions will apply
- Minimum of one full time general practitioner (Principal supervisor), with previous teaching experience, must be working at the site
- At least one Additional supervisor is preferred
- All supervisors must meet the minimum ACRRM and/or RACGP requirements
- All GPs supervising registrars and prevocational doctors must have full, unconditional registration with AHPRA
WAGPET has accredited training practices throughout the state and we are unable to guarantee a constant supply of registrars. Registrars choose their own training placements through negotiations with the practice. Some training vacancies may remain unfilled for a training semester (26 week period).
For more information, or to express an interest in becoming an accredited training post please contact a member of the Accreditation Team on (08) 9473 8200 or email email@example.com.