Preparing For General Practice
If you are thinking about a career in general practice, why not start preparing for it now?
Thinking about pursuing a career in general practice? Be prepared by getting involved with general practice groups, organisations and colleges and get a taste for general practice as a medical student, intern or resident medical officer. For more details, please see below.
- General Practice Students Network
If you are a medical student, the General Practice Students Network (GPSN) is a national student-run program which enables you to connect with your peers enabling you to network and develop knowledge of general practice careers. Visit the GPSN website to become a member.
- Rural Clinical School of Western Australia
Medical students with an interest in rural health have the opportunity to undergo study with the Rural Clinical School of Western Australia (RCSWA) and contribute to delivering better health outcomes for people living in regional, remote and rural areas of WA. For more information about available courses, visit the RCSWA website. RCSWA students work and study a clinical placements across the state, such as local hospitals, general practices, community and remote clinics and Aboriginal community controlled health organisations.
- Rural Health West’s Student Vocation Experience Program
Rural Health West hosts the Student Vocational Experience Program which provides medical students with an opportunity to be exposed to rural health care. If you participate in this program, you will get to observe rural practice, visit local health services, network with current health practitioners, meet fellow health students and increase you knowledge and understanding of rural communities. For more information on the program, visit the Rural Health West website.
Established in April 1990, SPINRPHEX (Students and Practitioners Interested iN Rural Practice Health Education) is a dynamic club for nursing, dental and medical students of all ages interested in rural health. They host events, workshops and networking opportunities enabling students to gain an insight into rural health. Sign up for free membership here or visit their Facebook page.
- John Flynn Placement Program
The John Flynn Placement Program offers 300 rural placements across Australia to medical students interested in pursuing a career in rural medical. During their time at university, medical students spend two weeks each year over three or four years working alongside a rural doctor, experiencing the diversity of rural medicine and expanding their hands-on skills. For more information, visit the John Flynn Placement Program website.
- ACRRM student membership
ACRRM has a dedicated prevocational team who supports medical students through university and junior doctors throughout their post-graduate years. For a one off membership fee, you will be a member of the college for the duration of your undergraduate or post graduate studies in medicine or a health related discipline. As an ACRRM student member, you have access to online learning, opportunities to attend events to network with other students and doctors and ACRRM’s weekly e-newsletter, Country Watch. For more information about student membership, visit the ACRRM website. The college also offers a number of other membership types for resident medical officers and international medical graduates, visit the ACRRM website for further details.
- RACGP student and resident intern membership
RACGP offers a number of different types of membership to medical students, interns and resident medical officers with access to learning resources and other relevant publications.
Free Medical Student membership gains you access to:
- free GP learning material
Paid Student membership and Resident Intern membership gains you access to:
- free GP learning material
- hardcopies of Australian Family Physician journal
- RACGP medical journal
For more information on RACGP membership, visit the RACGP website.
- Attend a hospital information session
If you work as an intern, RMO or junior doctor at one of the participating hospitals, you are invited to come along to a hospital information session and hear first-hand from a past or current GP registrar about their experiences in the AGPT program. At one of these sessions, you will have the opportunity to ask questions face-to-face about a career in GP and meet other potential GP registrars. Click here to see the upcoming dates for the sessions or visit our Facebook page.
- Going Places Network
The Going Places Network is a peer-to-peer network that allows you to explore the world of general practice as a junior doctor working in the hospital system. As a member, you will have access to general practice networking and educational events, publications and online resources. To sign up, visit the Going Places Network website.
- WA Country Health Service’s Medical Education Unit
The Medical Education Unit (MEU) supports and delivers regional education sessions to supervisors and junior doctors training in rural WA. Medical students and prevocational doctors interested in rural medicine education and training are encouraged to make contact with the MEU. Visit the MEU website for more information.
- General registration
If you are an international medical graduate (IMG), you are required to gain medical registration through the standard pathway and completed the Australian Medical Council (AMC) certificate (part one and two) by close of applications. For more information about the process, visit the Medical Board of Australia website. Once you have gained limited registration through the standard pathway or competent authority, you will need to begin the process of applying for general registration and be eligible to receive it before commencing onto the AGPT program in January of the following year. For more information on general registration, visit the Medical Board of Australia.
- RACGP rural
Committed to rural health in Australia, RACGP Rural offers membership to RACGP who work or are interested in working in rural medicine. Members are invited to attend events and education sessions on rural general practice. As members, they have access to educational resources and have the opportunity to contribute to projects, events and publications. Visit the RACGP Rural website for more information.
"Being a GP is very broad, but it is also very focussed"
Being a GP is very broad, but it is also very focussed. I already have my own patients; they see me as "their doctor". It is a very privileged role and I am honoured to take care of them. WAGPET is assisting me to do this more efficiently; to make sure I’m the best doctor I can be.”
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