Prepare for graduation
While life for the next few years may be a blur of university exams and hospital rotations, here are some simple things you can do in preparation for becoming a GP registrar.
- Talk to a GP or GP registrar. Ask them about their training, their career, their practice and for any advice. They may be able to give you insider knowledge on general practice as an industry and profession, advice on training and preparing for the fellowship exams and more.
- Think about where you would like to work as a GP registrar or GP. This includes thinking about what area of general practice interests you, as your clinic’s location may determine the types of patients (for example, places with a high refugee population, or a high elderly population, or an area with mothers and young children).
- Think about extended skills you would like to develop in your GP training and if these skills would suit your goals and clinical interests.
- Research GP training program pathways (rural or general), the endpoint qualifications and fellowships. Think about which fellowship is right for you.
- Research each Regional Training Organisation (RTO); each offers different options as to how your training is delivered, and where your training is delivered.
- Check out the website of General Practice Registrars Australia (GPRA). GPRA have many resources online and are there to support you through your general practice training journey.
- Remember to take breaks, relax and celebrate the small wins along the journey to general practice!