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Research & Quality Assurance (December 2016)

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Program evaluation

Cat Kirby, Belinda Garth and James Brown have led a number of reviews and evaluations this year, some of which have included the Staff Survey, Review of Exam Teleconferences, and a Cluster Group evaluation. A review is currently underway to establish a common approach to evaluation and feedback across EV.

Two substantial pieces of work undertaken include the Review of Practice Subsidies and Allowances and the In-Practice Feedback Pilot (testing and refining ECTV forms, and registrar and supervisor feedback forms and an open feedback process). Both involved important stakeholder consultation with numerous practices, and are being used to inform improvements in our program. We would like to thank those practices and EV staff who set aside time and provided input – much appreciated!

New supervisor research project

We are in the final stages of completing this project. Our seven participants have provided valuable insight into the experience of becoming a supervisor (very generous to be interviewed at the beginning and end of their first semester, and provide regular audio diaries!). Belinda Garth and James Brown presented some insights from this study at the GP Training & Education Conference on the Gold Coast in August. They were also invited to the Department of Health in Canberra in November to meet with DoH managers responsible for AGPT programme policy direction (including Directors and the Deputy Secretary of National Program Delivery). They were asked to present findings from this project and how they might inform AGPT policy direction and development. It was a great opportunity to link policy and research outcomes.

New project for 2017

In January 2017 we will begin a new funded project, which will explore the experiences of GP supervisors at different stages of supervisor professional development (one year through to 15+ years’ experience). This project seeks to identify factors that facilitate or impede professional identity formation and the management of multiple roles, to enhance supervisor training, support and retention.

Publication on utility of learning plans

Our research team had a paper published in BMC Medical Education, based on our 2014-15 funded project. It was called Utility of learning plans in general practice vocational training: a mixed-methods national study of registrar, supervisor, and educator perspectives. You can read it here: https://bmcmededuc.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12909-016-0736-8

James Brown (with Jane Morrison, Tim Clement and Debra Nestel) also had a paper published in the Qualitative Health Journal, entitled Underdiscussed, underused and underreported: pilot work in team-based qualitative research. Please get in touch if you would like a copy.

Academic Posts

EV is proud to be a research-active training organisation. We are pleased to have 5 registrars taking up academic posts in 2017 with Monash University and the University Melbourne.

Journal Club

Cat Kirby has led EV’s journal club this year, which has been really well attended and has stimulated some useful discussions among our medical educators. Some of the topics covered have included on providing feedback, assessment, engagement in clinical learning, empathy, and educational alliance between supervisor and registrar. Plans are underway to incorporate our journal club within the VicTas collaboration, meaning our MEs will have access to journal club meetings across three RTOs.


James Brown
Belinda Garth
Cat Kirby