New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings. – Lao Tzu
Celebrate endings – for they precede new beginnings. – Jonathan Lockwood Huie
As 31 January 2023 looms large, I have reflected on the changes ahead, the achievements of the past and the work still to be done. The two above quotes provide differing perspectives on “endings and beginnings.” Given what is still to be done prior to the introduction of College-led Training, we may seek some solace from the words of Deepak Chopra.
All great changes are preceded by chaos. – Deepak Chopra
EV continues to work with both Colleges for an efficient handover of training. Reports on the progress of the Future Models of Training pilot, an EV evaluation summary and documentation of the responsibility for remaining tasks in semester two are being/have been produced. The challenge facing EV is the continued delivery of the AGPT and PEP programs until the end of our contractual period with the Department of Health. EV has regular meetings with RACGP and ACRRM scheduling activities to support transition.
The RACGP has continued to release documents to RTOs for comment (Workplace Based Assessments) and information (Fellowship Support Program – the PEP replacement program). By the end of June 2022, RACGP is expected to release important information on organisational structure, employment terms and conditions, position descriptions and remuneration packages for the 700-800 education and program staff expected to support College-led Training.
Despite planning for a return to face-to-face workshops and activities in semester one, further COVID restrictions deferred those plans until semester two. Workshop coordinators have been planning for a re-introduction of some face-to-face workshop where appropriate, and the continuation of some remote sessions. This hybrid program will provide opportunities for registrars to network and interact more with educators but retain a focus on safety. Cluster groups will continue as off-site face-to-face meetings in the Gippsland region.
The re-introduction of face-to-face ECTVs and WBAs have presented more challenges. Given the variety of consultation rooms set-ups and COVID-Safe plans in our training practices, it is imperative that all parties (practices, registrars and visitors) agree to proceed with a face-to-face ECTV/WBA. Zoom visits will continue to be supported, if needed. EV will also provide a PPE allowance for those visitors undertaking face-to-face ECTVs/WBAs.
Despite the challenges of continuing delivery of a high-quality program during the pandemic and the uncertainty of College-led Training, EV has been very fortunate to have such a committed and supportive team.
Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. -Martin Luther King Jr.
Professor Neil Spike, AM
Director of Medical Education & Training