RVTS Medical Educators (MEs) all share a passion for rural, remote, and Aboriginal Medical Services, registrar education, and supporting doctors on their General Practice journey. The ME team was recently interviewed, and each one was asked to identify something that would contribute to registrar success in general practice training in 2021.

The top tips from the team include: 

  • Start studying early, work smart and work hard.
  • It is important that you grasp the breadth of knowledge that is required for the fellowship exams with many topics including business, ethics and legal issues. Read the General Practice literature widely as Fellowship requires knowledge beyond ‘pure’ medical knowledge.
  • Have an in-depth discussion with your supervisor about your training goals. What do you want your supervisor to do to support your needs and goals?
  • Time is such an issue. Demands upon your time are huge. Really have a think about where and how you can make time for your training.
  • Learn how to be IT Savvy and how to think online. Become familiar with technology and accept that IT will be part of our training, work and study. Stay connected. Don’t become isolated. Stay connected with your family and friends, using technology if need be. Use IT to your advantage.
  • Be flexible and enjoy the learning that goes with the flexibility.
  • Really enjoy your patients, be interested in them and enquire about their life and health. Try and understand them and learn through this. This will help prevent burnout.
  • ENJOY General Practice as much as possible. Remember that challenges can be your learning goals. Embrace the challenges and use your supervisor and the staff around you to help you. ENJOY being a GP and this will provide you with satisfaction. 

When you enjoy something it is easier to learn.
If you’d like to add a tip of your own, let us know in the comment section below.

You may want to review the following references to find out more:

  1. RVTS Home Page – RVTS
  2. Motivation & Goals What is Goal Setting and How to Do it Well