Why Train GPs: Dr Lyn Wren

The life-long journey of learning as a GP is so much more than best practice guidelines. Its the bigger picture of learning from each other.

I have been a GP supervisor with the AGPT program since its inception (having had some time off in the middle for family and working overseas). I continue to find teaching and mentoring our next generation of GPs an absolute pleasure on so many levels. Where do I start? They keep me feeling young, bring a level of energy and passion to the workplace, energise the team, keep me on my toes, challenge us, make me laugh and make me grow as I work out the best ways to help them along in their journey. They make me question what I do and why and they are constantly teaching me in ways I never imagined. This leads me to the humbling lesson I learned from one of my registrars recently.

Our teaching session was a case review. It is not easy for any of us to review our management of a case, asking ourselves could we have done it better, let alone have a colleague sitting alongside reviewing it with you. To my amazement she came prepared, having frankly asked herself the questions, sharing how she felt she could have done it better. She was brave, honest and comfortable with being able to look at herself and her management and make a note of the things to learn from this case. Thinking about it even now gives me tingles because it is one of the most important traits of a good GP, reflected in it being one of the RACGP domains that we assess our registrars on – professional self-appraisal. My registrar demonstrated to me the ‘how it should be done’.

The life-long journey of learning as a GP is so much more than best practice guidelines (although, I learn plenty of that from my registrars and GP365 too). Its the bigger picture of learning from each other. I continue to be the recipient of great learning experiences from our registrars and I am truly grateful. I want to be the best at becoming better and the best way I know how is to be a supervisor of some of the best doctors in the world!

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