With the influx of Australian medical graduates into the workforce,
new clinical prevocational training rotations within general practice
need to be developed. This study describes the relationship between
general practitioner teachers’ interest in hosting junior doctor
rotations, and general practice characteristics including rural
location, size and infrastructure.
All GP teachers of registrars and medical students in the Australian
Capital Territory and southeast New South Wales were sent a
survey. The features of rural location, size and infrastructure of
these teachers’ general practices were analysed to determine their
influence on teacher interest in hosting junior doctor rotations.
Factors such as rural location and infrastructure did not influence
willingness to host junior doctors significantly. However, those in
medium sized practices were less interested than small or large
Rural location and teaching room infrastructure of practices need
not be determinants in junior doctor teaching practice recruitment,
while medium practice size is a significant determinant of lack of
teacher interest in hosting junior doctors. This requires further
Junior doctors’ medical education is venturing from major public teaching hospitals into community based health services.1 In 2012, the number of medical graduates in Australia will have doubled compared to 2005.2 The need for adequate training posts may be met by outsourcing teaching and diversifying clinical educational opportunities through general practice rotations.
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