Director of Education Quality Improvement’s Report
I recently visited the Centre for Health Education Science in Vancouver where I met with academics and educators involved in GP education. I was impressed by the way they integrate their undergraduate and post graduate medical education and effectively deliver their programs over 19 sites that are a mix of urban, rural and remote. These sites have both meaningful representation in overarching curriculum decisions and autonomy to deliver the curriculum in a way that is appropriate to their context. The fundamental principles are those of respect, collaboration and autonomy. The success of the model was affirming for our own approach which also adheres to these principles.
The focus of the work of the quality assurance team this semester has been to contribute to workshop evaluation with the aim to co-ordinate workshop evaluation across the whole program so that evaluation meaningfully informs program development from the level of particular sessions through to the whole of program.
The research into the experience of new supervisors has been completed. This continues to inform the way new supervisors are supported by EV and by other RTOs. The project has been extended to investigate how experienced supervisors are engaged in their role. Two new research programs are on the horizon. The first is to scope models of GP training to inform our own program development and to contribute to national conversations about the future of GP training. The second is to examine how supervisors and registrars can be enabled to give meaningful open feedback to each other.
Our rural pathway is now being supported by Sarah Christian for the FARGP pathway, and by Antoinette Mowbray and Elise Lye for the FACRRM pathway. We are putting together a structure of support for registrars who aim for these two qualifications as their endpoint of training. We have had fruitful meetings with both ACRRM and RACGP rural faculty that have enabled sharing of ideas on enriching the experience of registrars on these pathways.