What is an Academic GP Registrar?

An academic registrar post is a salaried, 0.5 FTE teaching and research placement at a university, that occurs in conjunction with clinical practice, the latter making up the remaining 0.5 FTE. The post is for 12 months and is supported by RACGP/ACRRM staff, a university research supervisor and a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) clinical supervisor. The RACGP has additional information on their site: http://www.racgp.org.au/becomingagp/australian-general-practice-training-program-(agpt)/academic-posts/

The post will be based at the Notting Hill campus of Monash University in the Department of General Practice (DGP) and will generally be conducted part time over a 52 week period. Under exceptional circumstances (and with approval), Registrars may elect to undertake a post over six months full time.

This post will not only build on your skills to teach others, but will also build on your knowledge of clinical content in the discipline of General Practice, contributing to your own development as an evidence-based practitioner. You will also have the opportunity to be part of an outstanding research team with an established track record across a breadth of topics, giving you scope to work on your own research project, or to join a research project already underway, with support and supervision.

You will enjoy a varied week of teaching, research, clinical practice and professional development providing you with new perspectives about General Practice and the possibilities of a career as a future leader in this specialty as an academic General Practitioner.

Tasks and day-to-day activities

Teaching:

The registrar will become involved in teaching medical students who are undertaking their General Practice rotation. These students are in their penultimate year and spend time in the Department developing skills in clinical reasoning and the clinical and medicolegal aspects of the specialty of General Practice. The registrar will be supported in contributing to the delivering of this education, predominately in the setting of small group teaching, initially through observation and later through teaching under supervision. The registrar will have the opportunity to participate in curricular development if this is an area of interest and will also be permitted to participate in OSCE practice sessions as part of preparation for his/her own Fellowship examinations.

Research:

The academic registrar will be directly involved in research related to their own research project. This may relate to a research question already developed by the registrar or one developed with the assistance of the research team within the Department of General Practice. Please see here for research projects that you could become involved with – this list is not exhaustive – alternative questions can be discussed with your supervisor. Through this research project you will develop skills in performing effective literature searches, development of a research question, data collection, data interpretation and dissemination of research findings.