You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.
C. S. Lewis
As of 4 June, 2018, Dr Carolyn O’Shea begins in the role of the Deputy Director of Training with EV until the end of December 2018. We are extremely fortunate to have someone with Carolyn’s skills and broad program understanding to fill this temporary position. In the interim, I will continue as the Director of Training and liaise with Carolyn to continue to support the AGPT program for the remainder of the 2016-2018 contract period. This supporting position will allow me dedicated time on a weekly basis during this period to position EV for the implementation of the Practice Experience Program (PEP) pilot in January 2019.
Many of you may have seen (and hopefully responded) to the RACGP survey incorporated in their May Newsletter. The RACGP is working with RTOs and RVTS to cover key roles in support of PEP. Expressions of interest have been sought (through the survey) for GP educators prepared to engage with this education program as mentors and/or assessors in RTOs. For the 2019 pilot, it is envisaged that the PEP will run separately from AGPT with a different funding model. It must be clear that PEP is an education program whereas AGPT is a training program. As such, PEP will require separate resourcing both educationally and administratively. I would welcome ideas and interests in how EV will develop educational support for our colleagues, who are working towards fellowship and vocational registration via this program. There have been some preliminary discussions with staff at ACRRM and it is yet to be determined the extent of, if any, RTO involvement with doctors working towards fellowship in the ACRRM non-training pathway.
During the second half of 2018, I will also be working on progressing possible changes to AGPT in the transition period 2019-2021. James Brown and his colleagues have been researching models of training, both nationally and internationally, that will inform considerations at the RTO and/or national level.
At the risk of misquoting John Fitzgerald Kennedy, it may be timely to look at the way things could be in the future and ask “Why not?”
I look forward to hearing from you………
Professor Neil Spike
Director of Training