GPEx offers a structured, self-directed learning format through innovative online technology to guide you on your journey towards becoming a fully qualified specialist GP.
Workshops and simulations
We provide hands-on training at our major release workshops and simulations. We also hold regular mini release and case discussion sessions, run by dedicated Medical Educators with a small group of your peers.
Our supervisors, practices and Medical Educators are among the best in Australia to deliver your general practice training. We use a tailored approach to ensure your supervision, education and training needs are fully met.
Our focus is to deliver an exciting, diverse and inspiring educational experience through our team of medical experts in practice and through educational releases and workshops. We support our registrars to become confident and highly capable GPs who are dedicated and passionate about their work.
We remain committed to holistic patient health and general practice training with a particular focus on local communities, rural and remote health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
We offer the latest in technology assisted learning, dedicated teaching times, a supportive and well structured program format and comprehensive ACRRM and RACGP exam preparation.
The following training is available to you as you first transition into General Practice:
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Core Clinical Training / Hospital Training Time
If you join the GPEx program during your internship year, you will need to complete a further 12 months (full time) in a hospital setting before entering general practice. For ACRRM candidates this year is called the Core Clinical Training Time, and for RACGP candidates this year is called the Hospital Training Time.
During this year you will gain experience in a variety of areas through rotations in a tertiary hospital. It is with the aim that these rotations will provide you with a broad skill set and the knowledge to help you become ready for general practice.
GPEx provides a series of educational evenings for hospital based registrars and this program is developed and coordinated by experienced Medical Educators.
Recognition of prior learning
If you join GPEx having already completed your Post Graduate Year 2 (PGY2) or Resident Medical Officer (RMO) year, you may be able to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and commence your training in General Practice.
Please note that all Hospital-based positions must be applied for through SA Medical Education and Training (SAMET).
We’re here to help
If you are unsure whether your hospital work is eligible to be considered under the relevant College’s Recognition of Prior Learning policy or would like more detail on how to apply for Hospital-based positions, then please contact GPEx to discuss this further.
The first of its type in Australia, GP365 is an innovative, integrated education and assessment program for registrars in their first 12 months. GP365 was designed by Sturt Fleurieu Education and Training (SFET) and developed in partnership with the Prideaux Centre for Health Professional Education and the Flinders University School of Medicine, world leaders in programmatic assessment.
The GP365 program structure is based on up-to-date and evidence-based medical education, research and development.
The goal of the GP365 program is to train and assess registrars to be trusted with unsupervised practice.
All registrars in urban, rural and remote placements undertake the GP365 program, accessed through GPEx’ Learning Management System ELMO (Education Learning Modules Online).
HOW IT ALL WORKS
The components of the program are as follows:
Part 1: Learning Essentials
Learning Essentials are undertaken over a ten month period and consists of 21 modules to be completed in practice with reference to patients, professional practice and medical situations.
Part 2: Critical Case Analysis
Critical Case Analysis will also begin in the first semester of general practice training. This section of the program involves the preparation and presentation of five cases over a 12 month period including discussion at regional small group sessions. Cases should come from registrars’ current workplace where they will present a case using a proforma that allows them to deconstruct their thinking, therefore improving the approach to patients and their problems.
In addition to completing the Learning Essentials and Critical Case Analysis presentations, quality improvement activities are included in the registrars’ curriculum to emphasise the importance of self-regulated learning. Formative assessments in the form of tests, written assignments, observed consultations and multi-source feedback are required of all registrars during their training time with GPEx. These formative assessments reflect the ACRRM and RACGP educational requirements to ensure competency requirements are met.
Throughout your training time with GPEx you will be required to attend a number of compulsory major and mini release workshops.
Major Release Workshops
At the commencement of your general practice training, GPEx provides a two day, mandatory orientation workshop. This particular workshop is designed to provide you with important clinical and professional tools to begin your training and outline educational requirements whilst in the GPEx training program. You will also meet the GPEx Medical Education and Training team.
The workshops GPEx organise for you are designed to increase your confidence and competency in a range of general practice situations, including clinical training, professionalism and emergency medicine.
GPEx will organise for medical experts to present at these workshops so you are given the opportunity to receive the highest standard of medical education. Some of the professional development and clinical areas covered in these major workshops include:
- Medicare item numbers
- Contraception and sexual health
- Antenatal care
- Mental health
- Emergency Simulations – Basic and Advanced Life Support
- Current medico-legal information
- Professionalism and social etiquette in the workplace
As part of the educational curriculum at GPEx you will be required to attend a two-day Aboriginal health and culture workshop.
GPEx will also organise a Registrar Well-being workshop that focuses on developing an optimal work and life balance.
Mini Release Workshops
Mini release workshops have been developed to provide you with an opportunity to learn in small groups at monthly intervals. GPEx will place you in these groups and you will be advised of these during Orientation at the beginning of the semester. These groups are comprised of registrars who are placed at practices in your region.
In your first 12 months of training you will be required to attend 10 mini release education sessions that are facilitated by a Medical Educator. The program content for these sessions can be driven by regional factors, popular general practice presentations and current medical issues and information.
As a registrar completing GP365 program requirements you will also be expected to present your Critical Case Analysis at these sessions.
Any other workshops?
As GPEx is committed to providing its registrars with the highest quality of medical education, one of the final learning opportunities we offer are our exam preparation workshops. GPEx delivers these exam preparation workshops each semester for registrars planning to sit both the ACRRM and RACGP examinations.
pro-start anaesthetics – Optional training
A unique opportunity – broaden your horizons and specialist medical skills with pro-start anaesthetics. You’ll learn strong airway management skills and be more competent in dealing with a range of emergencies. In addition, you will gain valuable insight into anaesthetic techniques through attendance at 15 sessions.
The program consists of 14 modules, each of which has a number of clinical activities that need to be completed by the registrar. Topics covered by pro-start anaesthetics include:
- Safety issues
- Anaesthetic machines
- Volatile agents
- IV agents
- Endotracheal intubation
- Muscle relaxants
- The recovery room.
While these skills will prove valuable to all aspiring GPs, they may be particularly useful to registrars interested in an Advanced Skills Post, or anyone interested in becoming that most sought after practitioner – the GP Anaesthetist. ACRRM has approved pro-start anaesthetics for ACRRM candidates who have yet to meet their anaesthetics requirements for their Core Clinical Training term.
Emergency medicine requires you to always be prepared. What greater challenge can you have as a general practitioner than dealing with emergencies? They are unpredictable, they can be frightening. They are part of general practice, rural or urban. At GPEx our motto for emergency medicine is ‘be prepared’.
Emergency training specific to GPs
pro-start emergency has been specifically developed with general practice in mind when often you have limited support and limited resources. It will assist you to feel more comfortable, confident and competent when faced with real emergencies.
We have recreated a range of clinical scenarios based on real life general practice experiences and linked this with a modular learning program. It consists of information, cases, readings, online links and key clinical activities which must be completed and which are assessed by your experienced GP supervisor.
pro-start emergency has been designed and written by experienced emergency trained GPs and educators and provides a non-threatening way of developing and refining your emergency management skills and helping your decision making.
It aims to take the fear out of emergency medicine by encouraging you to follow simple principles.
Emergency medicine is a challenge and with GPEx, you will be prepared!