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QA and Research Update (September 2017)

By August 30, 2017September 13th, 2017No Comments

Bridging scholarship with educational delivery

The QA and research team attended the recent GPTEC and GPME conference in Sydney. A highlight of the conference was the key note address by Dr Leanne Rowe. She clearly has achieved a great deal but has been able to attend to those things in her life that sustain her. She gave a strong message of being clear in your boundaries and your commitments. The QA and research team made four presentations and ran three workshops. These spanned from the academic to the practical. In the process we were able to test and develop our work at EV with a broader audience. We felt that we were able to progress in our intent to bridge the world of scholarship with the world of educational delivery. It was a privilege to be able to attend these meetings. We also learned the problems of using marshmallows as a building material!

On quality assurance

Recent QA projects have included supporting a program of evaluation for workshops, trialling the training plan and addressing problems with the registrar/supervisor open feedback process. The aim of having registrars and supervisors engage in frank open feedback with each other is based on the premise that quality improvement and professional development is supported by frank feedback. This feedback comes with the genuine intent of supporting the development of the recipient of the feedback. We have found that the uptake of this open feedback process has been problematic. Over the next few months we will be supporting registrars and supervisors in undertaking this type of feedback together.

New research projects

Two new research projects have been commenced. The first is an investigation into scope of the delivery of GP vocational training both nationally and internationally. This investigation intends to inform educational program development. The second is an investigation into the educational alliance between supervisors and registrars in the context of giving and receiving feedback. This project aims to inform us in how we can support the receiving and giving of feedback between registrars and supervisors.

Thank you to our GP supervisors

We would like to extend our thanks to the 15 supervisors who were willing to be interviewed for our project on “GP supervisors as clinicians and educators”. Analysis is underway, and your thoughts and experiences provide a rich insight into what it’s like managing clinical and supervisory roles. Your contribution to this research will inform how we support our supervisors, and will lead to a set of recommendations for policy and practice.

Academic posts

Four registrars have been successful in securing academic posts for 2018. This is a significant achievement as the applications are highly competitive.

New senior ME

We welcome Dr Kelly Seach to the new position of rural pathway senior medical educator. Kelly has extensive experience in rural general practice, public health and management leadership, she is also a past Gippsland registrar. She will be leading our endeavours to build our extended rural pathway.

New Research and Quality Assurance Support Officer role

We recently welcomed Jo Rash into our team. Jo is now working part time with us as well as maintaining her role in Aboriginal Health. In addition to providing general administrative support to research & QA activities, Jo will be coordinating/supporting the EV Journal Club, QI & CPD program and Academic posts.

James Brown, Belinda Garth and Cat Kirby.