Academic terms

What is an academic post?

An academic post is a six-month full-time equivalent term for GP registrars. It is usually completed as an extended skills term but can also be undertaken as an extension to undertake an approved academic post or as an Advanced Rural Skills Training (ARST) post for registrars enrolled in FARGP.

There is one intake per year (in term 1) and applications must be submitted in the previous year (usually end May/start June). The post is completed part-time (0.5 FTE) with concurrent clinical work (usually in GPT3). In some circumstances it may be possible to complete the post with less than 0.5 FTE concurrent clinical component.

What do you do in an academic post?

In an academic post, you conduct your own research project and undertake undergraduate teaching. You also become part of a university department of general practice or rural clinical school and experience all aspects of academic life including conference and research seminar attendance.

You will be supported by the university department and the academic supervisor within that department as well as by a research education and support program provided by a university department (currently Monash University). You are employed by the university at associate lecturer level.

You will have a budget for research costs and professional development activities. Many registrars use some of this budget to undertake courses (including university subjects). For example, courses on research methodology, epidemiology, statistics, tertiary education teaching etc.

Why do an academic term?

Academic posts provide a unique and intellectually exciting experience and perspective of general practice. You will experience, and get a basic grounding in, research and teaching. For many past academic registrars this has been the first step towards an academic or clinician researcher career.

The skills acquired are transferrable to many aspects of general practice (e.g. as a medical educator) and, are vital to clinical practice where the high-level skills in evidence-based practice acquired are an essential part of being a competent practitioner.

If you are interested in applying for an academic term, contact Professor Parker Magin, Director, GP Synergy NSW & ACT Research and Evaluation Unit

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