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ISSUE 41 : March 2015 : P1
Making education work better
In late Februar y, I attended the first meeting of the College’s new
Education Advisor y Group.
To some of you, this may seem to be a throwback to the old days of
the Education Advisor y Committee, but I can assure you nothing is
fur ther from the truth.The old Committee had wide ranging ‘powers’
that extended from granting Fellowship and setting national standards
to levels of operational detail best dealt with by College staff on a
The purpose of the n e w Group is to provide exper t advice to
the College Board, CEO and management on matters relating to all
the College’s education and training programmes and the standards,
regulations and policies relating to that education.
From my point of view, the most impor tant piece of the Group’s
Terms of Reference is that it is instructed to provide advice on all
levels of training and education. This goes from pre-vocational, for
example the Postgraduate Generalist Placement education programme
(PGGP) and the Medical Council of New Zealand’s pre-vocational
requirement for three months in a community placement, through
to the GPEP vocational training and the continuing professional
development programmes for Fellows.
The primar y care sector is going through a sea change and education
will be at the centre of this. The ‘one-size-fits-all’ sausage machine
of med school, hospital, then GP training is no longer desirable nor
appropriate. The education the College delivers must be bespoke
for ever y level of teaching and learning. This star ts at medical school
(some might even say high school), through to the day that the GP
hangs up their stethoscope for the
Some of the discussion at the
meeting centred on an even
more fundamental premise -
what motivators were there for
medical students to become GPs,
what were their expectations in
medicine, and how could primar y
care education programmes
It is not new news that the College is looking to take on even more
GPEP Year 1 registrars this year, and if all the stars align, it will be
considerably more than the 171 who star ted last December.
We have already begun the recr uitment campaign to get the
numbers we require, and this growth for the College gives us an ideal
oppor tunity to look at how these registrars will be taught for their
This is what makes the new Education Advisor y Group so invigorating
we won’t be delving into the detail; we have a great operational
team in Wellington who is exper t in doing this. What we will be doing
is doing the strategic thinking about our education programmes and
their deliver y, and the excellent breadth of knowledge and individual
skills of those on the Group will enable us to do this.
Dr Tim Malloy, President
Dr Tim Malloy
Supporting our new Fellows
From time to time, I am asked, and rightly so, about the level of
suppor t the College gives its members, especially after Fellowship.
Increasing membership engagement is a key issue for the College and
one that was a key focus of a recent Board strategy session.
A number of initiatives are now underway including Kapa Kaiaka – the
new Fellows programme.
Attaining Fellowship of the College is a key moment in any GP’s
life. Kapa Kaiaka aims to recognise this and increase the number of
resources available for new Fellows, set up oppor tunities to network
with peers, nur ture existing relationships and develop new ones, and
access additional professional development oppor tunities.
Also in this issue of GP Pulse there is a focus on smoking and cardio-
vascular disease. While these issues are on GPs’ radars, other issues
such as gout will become more common. I was surprised to find that
gout is the second most common ar thritic condition, and that many of
the old myths about the condition were in fact just that – myths.
There is also information on a new
Board member, Te Akoranga a M
representative Sue Crengle, the
upcoming Board elections and the
College Awards process.
College Awards let us celebrate
those who have given outstanding
ser vice to general practice or the
community – it’s impor tant we
acknowledge the work of our
members in this way, so if you feel
a colleague is deser ving, I’d encourage you to nominate them.
And as always in the run up to the College Conference, there is
more news; this month about our keynote speakers. With the call for
abstracts closing at the end of Februar y, we hope to have more details
of the programme, and registration, next month.
Helen Morgan-Banda, CEO
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