With the increased medical student numbers in Australia there is an
expectation that general practice will train students, junior doctors
and registrars, and the teaching burden for busy general practitioners
We discuss the model of vertical integration of general practice
education set up at the Australian National University Medical School
in the Australian Capital Territory and southeast New South Wales.
This model of vertical integration is unique. It could be adapted
in a range of vocational settings and spans medical student,
prevocational doctor, registrar and international medical graduate
teaching. A key aim of these strategies is to reduce the load on the
clinical GP teacher as sustaining their contribution is crucial to the
future of training in general practice.
‘Vertical integration of general practice education and training is the coordinated, purposeful, planned system of linkages and activities in the delivery of education and training throughout the continuum of the learner’s stages of medical education’.1
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