We would like to welcome you to the UNSW Primary Care Clinical Teachers Support website. We appreciate the important role that General Practitioners like you play in the education of future generation of doctors.
You will find on this website information about the Primary Care course, useful downloadable forms and documents, useful clinical resources that maybe helpful to your practice and teaching, information relating to your role as a GP supervisor as well as information on opportunities for professional development as a clinical teacher.
You will be pleased to know that UNSW Medicine’s Primary Care course is taught and run by general practitioners (GPs). The course is convened by Associate Professor Joel Rhee at the Sydney campus, Dr David Chessor at the Port Macquarie campus, Drs Janet McLachlan and John Kramer at the Coffs Harbour campus, Dr Catherine Orr at the Albury campus and Dr Marietjie van der Merwe at the Wagga Wagga campus. Other GPs who teach in the course include Professor John Hall, Professor Siaw Teng-Liaw, Dr Andrew Knight and Dr Michael Tam. Ms Sarah Jacob plays an important role providing administrative support for the course at the Sydney campus.
Primary Care is a core discipline in Phase 3 (the final 5th and 6th years) of the Medicine program. While some teaching is delivered through formal lectures, tutorials and online modules, most of the learning takes place through the students’ general practice attachments. Students are attached to two practices of 4 weeks each during the 8-week course, and they’re required to complete at least 50 half-day general practice sessions. We have a wide variety of urban and rural general practice placements currently available for students.
You’ll be supervising Primary Care students in Phase 3 (the final 5th and 6th years) of the Medicine program. Students are attached to two practices of 4 weeks each during the 8-week Primary Care course, and they’re required to complete at least 50 half-day general practice sessions (i.e. 25 sessions per 4 week per general practice) as well as attend a variety of teaching sessions on campus.
On average, a student will be under your supervision for about 3-3½ days per week throughout the term. This can include time spent with other GPs (including registrars) in your practice, practice nurses and a few sessions with allied health and specialist colleagues in the primary care setting.
Students undertake a variety of activities at the practice to help them understand common general practice conditions, and should progress to more responsibilities and autonomy in clinical activities during the attachment.
You pass on your experience to the next generation of doctors, many of whom will enter general practice.
You can provide students with invaluable insights into the rewards and challenges of a general practice career.
You’ll gain personal and professional satisfaction in knowing that you have enhanced a medical student’s clinical and communication skills, and an appreciation of whole patient care and general practice.
Accredited teaching general practices are eligible for PIP payments ($200 per session or approximately $5000 for a 4-week placement).
You can apply to become a conjoint academic, this provides access to privileges associated with UNSW, such as library (physical and online access), discounts on staff parking, discounts on computer software and hardware, learning and teaching courses, invitations to seminars and other campus events.
You will be invited to Primary Care clinical supervisors’ workshops to meet your colleagues and enhance your skills in teaching.
Your students should give you all the necessary paperwork in the first week of their placement. You can also download them below:
We are happy to assist you if you wish to apply to become a conjoint academic with us at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine. Please email Sarah Jacob if you’re interested and we’ll do our best to assist you through this process.
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A/Prof Joel Rhee
Convenor of Primary Care course