“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” Vincent van Gogh

 2020 has shown us that we never know how strong we are, until being strong is the only option. As Ernest Hemingway once said, “The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” 

AGPT 

As we find ourselves in the last month of 2020, and the last two months of the training year, many people are looking forwards to 2021. However, it is also the time to wrap up the year, so please do make the time to meet and discuss 20 week feedback reports (due 18 December) and review the learning planner and update as necessary, and take the opportunities in the current practices to meet learning needs.  

Over December and January there will be a series of Registrar Progress Reviews where EV staff will review the progress of each registrar and your timely submission of feedback and other information allows for a fuller picture of each registrar. 

EV Accreditation as a Training Provider 

Thank you to all of you who participated in the Stakeholder survey about EV run by the RACGP as part of the EV accreditation process. EV has now submitted its accreditation submission to the RACGP for review and will have a virtual visit in February 2021. 

College Assessments 

As you may be aware both Colleges have had some challenges with online assessments in recent months. Thank you to all supervisors and practices for supporting the impacted registrars, and to the registrars for adapting and continuing on to sit the exams after a series of challenges.  

Both Colleges now have released their examination dates and approach for 2021. It is important to remember that the assessments will include the breadth of presentations and demographics based on many years of data on general practice, not just what has occurred in 2020.   Registrars and practices taking the opportunity to review what is being seen in practice, and not seen, and ways to increase the range of experiences will assist in preparation for a long term career in general practice. 

Staffing 

Since the last eNews Dr Elisabeth (Liz) Wearne has been appointed the Deputy Director of Training – Rural Pathways. You may also notice new faces in some other Medical Educator roles through into next term, with a number of staff taking Parental or Long Service Leave. If you are not sure who can assist you in a particular area, please contact the EV office who can assist in identifying the right person.

Rural Generalist Program

EV is engaged in the development of the Victorian Rural Generalist Program as it progresses and will be involved in identifying further potential advanced skills opportunities in Gippsland. 

PEP 

PEP participants have also had the challenges related to Covid of a different range of presentations and engagement with their EV via virtual means rather than in person. Those who have completed the program also have had delays in being able to sit examinations. We wish all the participants who have completed their programs and are therefore eligible to sit their assessments good luck.