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An update from MCCC GP Training (27 September 2016)
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MEDICAL EDUCATION NEWS : 27 September 2016
Congratulations to Metro West Registrar, Dr Tom Morley, who was recently awarded the 2016.1 Richard Clinton Gutch Medal. The medal is awarded by the RACGP to the GP candidate in the Victorian Faculty who achieved the highest pass score in each examination on their first attempt in 2016.1. A superb effort Tom! Well done to Drs David Chen, Leah Watts, Mei Lyn Tan, and Sarah Gelbart who were successful in their application to undertake an academic post in 2017, which is a nationally competitive process.

Join the MCCC Med Ed team - opportunities available 
Our innovative and vibrant North West team has room for new Medical Educators. There are opportunities for Educators to be involved in workshops or supporting registrars in practice or leading the accreditation process for practices and supervisors or a combination of all of these activities. Team members can work fractional appointments and can be based in any geographic location. ME team meetings are held via Skype or at workshops with planning days in person twice per year. If you are interested in discussing how you could join this team, please contact Dr Rachel Lee, Senior Medical Educator for the north-west – rachel.lee@mccc.com.au or 03 4444 2300.

Do you know a GP supervisor with 10+ years of experience?
GP supervisors are the lifeblood of GP Training… without them there simply wouldn’t be a training program.GPSA recognises the hard work and dedication of GP supervisors through the Recognition and Reward Program.To nominate a GP supervisor with 10+ years of experience, please complete this Nomination Form. Nominations close Friday 30 September 2016

Update re 2017 AGPT intake
MCCC will welcome a record number of GP registrars into our region in 2017. We're looking forward to  training the next generation of GPs for our diverse metropolitan, regional and rural communities. 

Medical Education spotlight  
MCCC is committed to Closing the Gap and is undertaking a variety of activities to equip GPs with skills and knowledge that can help improve the health of Indigenous people in our community. Thanks to MCCC Cultural Educators and Cultural Mentors who attended a satellite meeting at the recent GPTEC 2016 national GP training conference (full group pictured below). This meeting was Chaired by Dr Bambi Ward and Jade Johnson (MCCC Aboriginal Health Liaison).
REGISTRAR UPDATE: 27 September 2016
Practice match is opening soon – are you ready ?
If you are assessed as practice ready OR already training as a GP in a general practice and have indicated you need to be included, you will need to take part in the 2017 practice match that opens on 4 October and closes on 25 October. More info here.
Here's some tips to help you prepare. 
  • Be organised and proactive – if you are taking part in the 2017 practice match you need to send your CV and covering letter to practices with vacancies advertised on the website from 4 October.
  • The practice will contact you within four working days if you are to receive an interview.
  • If you do not receive an interview, contact another practice.
  • Once you’ve finished interviewing, use the online ranking tool (to be sent out when practice match opens) to record your preference 
Release of 2017/18 National Terms and Conditions for Employment of Registrars
The National Terms and Conditions for Employment of GP Registrars (NTCER) 2017/18 came into effect on September 21, 2016. The current agreement applies from the start of the training year in 2017 and covers GP registrars in GPT1, GPT2, GPT3 and GPT4. It supersedes the NTCER 2015/16 agreement. No major changes have been made to the agreement and base and percentage rates remain unchanged.Download info from the GPSA website here
FOR PRACTICE MANAGERS: 27 September 2016
WANTED: Additional GP training spots for 2017
MCCC will welcome a record number of GP registrars into our region in 2017. We're looking for more General Practice training spots to meet the high demand for GPT1 training places in our region next year. Please contact your nearest MCCC office if you have capacity to take an additional GPT1 Registrar at your practice or would like more information about joining our GP training program. Metro West: Kon Kakris North East :Loretta Mahoney North West: Lyn-Marie Richards South West: Jannah Wright
Tips and reminders for upcoming 2017 practice match
Practice match will open on 4 October and close on 25 October. To support the practice match process, MCCC will
  • publish vacancies for Term 1 2017 GP training on the MCCC website from 4 October - when practice match opens
  • advise applicants who have been offered a place in the 2017 AGPT intake and a small number of GPT2/3/4 Registrars to contact practices in their sub region to arrange an interview during practice match.
  • send practices involved in practice match a link to an online tool that you can use to view the names of registrars involved in practice match in your sub region. You can use this same tool to submit your preferences AFTER you have finished interviewing.
Here's the steps we'd like you to follow after you receive an application 
  • decide who to shortlist for an interview and contact those registrars directly 
  • notify registrars who won’t be interviewed within 4 days of receipt of their application, so they can apply to other practices.  
  • after interviewing, use the online tool sent to you by MCCC on the day match opens to rank your preferences and submit these to MCCC.
The upcoming practice match is predominately a GPT1 match, with very few GPT3s to be matched. We recommend that you interview ALL level of registrars to give your practice a greater chance of being matched with a registrar of your choice.
  
Release of 2017/18 National Terms and Conditions for Employment of Registrars.
The National Terms and Conditions for Employment of GP Registrars (NTCER) 2017/18 came into effect on September 21, 2016. The current agreement applies from the start of the training year in 2017 and covers GP registrars in GPT1, GPT2, GPT3 and GPT4. It supersedes the NTCER 2015/16 agreement. No major changes have been made to the agreement and base and percentage rates remain unchanged.Download info from the GPSA website here:

Please set aside budget to purchase Therapeutic Guidelines for your practice
MCCC recently reviewed funding for educational purposes and identified that insufficient budget was available to buy Up to Date or Therapeutic Guidelines for all of MCCC’s 235 GP teaching practices. Instead, MCCC will allocate funding towards delivery of a joint workshop for registrars and supervisors to be held in term 1, 2017. The workshop will aim to bring together all supervisors and GP/PR1 registrars across MCCC for professional development and collegiality. 
REGIONAL ROUNDUP :  27 September 2016
METRO WEST
Thanks and farewell to Natalie Wood who has coordinated the Metro West workshop program this year.  Welcome to Lynette O’Dwyer who will join the Metro West team as our new Registrar Education and Practice Support Coordinator position on 3 October 2016. Lynette has excellent management skills and a strong grasp of GP education having worked  in practice management roles in Melbourne

NORTH EAST
GPT2 Peer learning Workshop on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health will be held in Shepparton on Tuesday 11th October followed by the Middle Life 3 Workshop (including practical eye skills) on Wednesday 12th October

NORTH WEST
Supervisor Workshop - Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 October, Bendigo
North West Supervisors are invited to attend a workshop being jointly hosted by MCCC and the Monash University School of Rural Health.The program is being finalised with proposed sessions covering the use of technology in supervision, supporting the high achieving or challenging registrars and opportunities for vertical integration where practices host registrars and medical students. There’s a surprise activity planned at a local Bendigo landmark on Saturday evening too!  For those travelling more than 90 kms, accommodation will be available on the Saturday night. If you haven’t yet booked a spot for this exciting workshop, please send your RSVP by with your accommodation and dietary requirements to Terri Mathot: terri.mathot@mccc.com.au  Dr Karen Aarons, Dr Ashley Hayes, Dr Dennis O’Connor, Dr Rachel Lee, Cathy Ward and Lyn-Marie Richards are looking forward to seeing many supervisors at this workshop.

SOUTH WEST
Thanks and farewell to Alicia Nicolson, MCCC Corporate Services Manager who will soon leave MCCC to concentrate on finishing her MBA studies. 
COMING UP
Thursday 29 September: RACGP KFP Exam results released  

Tuesday 4 October: MCCC Practice Match for 2017 Opens 

Saturday 5 November: National Assessment Centre second intake AGPT 2017 interviews will be held at the Metro West office in Parkville
 
Saturday 12 November : Urology in General Practice Symposium – UroGP 2016., Melbourne Convention Centre. Registration is free for GPs and nurses and by attending the event you will receive 40 CME points. Register online at www.urogp.com.au/register
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