Successfully tackling the RACGP written exams – it’s all in the Semantics.

Semantics – relating to meaning in language or logic. In the didactic teaching days of old, written exams required recall and regurgitation of factual information, BUT oh how things have changed, and for the better.  In keeping with socratic methods, the RACGP exams now require contextual interpretation of knowledge.  That’s where semantics come in.   The […]

Health Workforce Certificate

A Health Workforce Certificate was introduced earlier this year with the objective of having Medical Practitioners go into areas with lower access to medical services. This initiative has redirected IMGs from metropolitan areas to rural, remote and regional areas of Australia. DO I NEED A HEALTH WORKFORCE CERTIFICATE? If you are planning to work as […]

Filling the vessel or finding the water source: Didactic versus socratic approaches in GP Education.

Author:  Dr Rebecca Stewart Working, training and being assessed in different medical contexts is challenging.    With the publication of RACGP exam results, there is always a vibrant discussion regarding the validity and reliability of assessment, exploration of ‘near misses’, and an understandable spectrum of emotion extending from exhilaration related to a high mark, elation […]

Approaching Fellowship Exams: Why a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work.

Whether it’s GP Exams or another Fellowship, a standardised approach isn’t always the best. We all learn differently and apply those learnings in the context of our medical practice – which are not uniform. So how can a prescriptive weekly course of study and resources assure a uniform result? It can’t – otherwise everyone would […]

A GP Training How To: Pathways, Length, Difficulty and Options

Begin with the end in sight: Pathways in Australian General Practice Writing this blog was a hard slog.  Navigating through the intricacies of working in Australian General Practice must be one of the most confusing and disorientating journeys I’ve ever been on – and I have been trained and work in Australian General Practice!  I […]