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“A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to make light for others.” – Mustafa Kemal Atartuk


With so much happening (and still to happen) in the transfer (I have avoided using the other “t” word) of GP training to ACRRM and RACGP, I have been reflecting on the impact this is having, and will have, on our program staff and medical educators.

EV has been blessed to have such a quality team who have persevered during Covid-19 to support stakeholders and provide a quality education program under difficult circumstances. Feedback from registrars during their end of training interviews has highlighted the quality of their training experience and acknowledged the approachability and commitment of EV staff.

The above quote from the first President of Turkey could be viewed in several ways. First, the teacher “burns out” in providing everything they can for their learners. My preferred interpretation is that good teachers provide the light (lessons learned) for others to continue their own learning and lighting their own way. EV is committed to retaining and supporting our staff during 2022 to continue “burning brightly” and delivering a quality training experience in accordance with our contractual obligations. The EV Rural Plan has provided a tremendous engaging framework that maps the work of the past that needs to be continued to support the rural communities in our region.

The next challenge is the reintroduction of some face-to-face workshops in 2022.1. We anticipate a hybrid model that combines face-to-face and remote programs that are best suited to the content and objectives of sessions. Practices and registrars have been advised of this plan and the efforts EV is making to provide a safe environment that accords with health advisories and directives. Everyone is looking forward to seeing and working together again. Cluster groups have already commenced off-site face-to-face meetings in the Gippsland region.

The re-introduction of face-to-face ECTVs is more challenging. There is variation in the expectations of practices, registrars and educators and the physical limitations of consultation rooms also need to be considered. EV is in discussion with other RTOs who have re-started face-to-face activities to learn from their approach and experiences.

The Future Training Model pilot program is continuing in 2021-2022. Feedback and the lessons being learned are contributing to continual modifications. I will provide a more detailed update in the next EV eNews.


“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein


Professor Neil Spike, AM
Director of Medical Education & Training