GP Synergy is pleased to be the recipient of two RACGP Education Research Grants 2018-2019.
The grants will be supporting:
CREATE (ChaRacteristics of Early-career GPs and Associations with their Training Experience)
CREATE will be a retrospective cohort study of the alumni of three regional training organisations. The study objectives are to document the practice characteristics of these early-career GPs and to establish associations of practice patterns with their vocational training experiences and to also elicit alumni perceptions of the utility of various elements of their vocational training in preparing them for their current practice. Alumni (six months to two years post-fellowship) will be surveyed and permission will be sought to link this data to routinely collected data from the training time.
A qualitative study of a peer mentorship program for GP registrars: exploring the experiences of registrar mentees and mentors
This qualitative project will explore the experiences of mentors and mentees in a state-wide peer-to-peer mentorship program (GP Synergy’s Mentorship Program) for trainee GPs (GP registrars). The project aims to gain further understanding of: how the mentoring relationship works, perceived benefits, barriers encountered, and how the program might influence feelings of professional isolation, training satisfaction and future work plans. Focus groups and semi-structured telephone interviews will be conducted with registrars who have been mentees and/or mentors in the program to explore their experiences and perceptions of the program. Interview transcripts will be analysed to examine themes. It is anticipated that findings from this project will help to inform and refine future mentoring support programs for GP registrars, with potential to improve the GP training experience for future trainees.