RACGP Medical Educator Vision Statement
We will be recognised as leaders in medical education both nationally and internationally and we educate and inspire GPs to be committed to providing high quality service to their communities.
What is a medical educator?
GP medical educators are GPs with a specific interest and additional skills in educational development and delivery, particularly as it relates to general practice. They usually maintain part-time clinical practice while working in medical education.
The RACGP employs over 70 medical educators working across multiple divisions, programs and projects.
A principal medical education advisor and national clinical leads support medical educators across the college’s functional areas, helping doctors at all stages of their careers, from pre-vocational, to training towards Fellowship, to post-Fellowship stages.
Areas of work include:
- development of educational frameworks, curricula and syllabi
- training program development and delivery
- rural training
- educational enhancement and remediation
- education strategy and development
- evaluation and research
- continuing professional development
- governance, management and policy.
Medical educators are also involved in education in other ways, including as general practice supervisors, via GP training organisations, as part of regulatory authorities (ie AHPRA), as cultural educators, and pre-vocationally via universities.
What do medical educators do?
They work across a range of diverse portfolios, but medical educators can also have areas of specific expertise in education.
- Teaching, curricula, program design and implementation, assessment, remediation, research evaluation
GP in training support and guidance
- Training planning, advice and mentoring
- Medical educators, general practice supervisors
Networking and stakeholder relations
- Supervisor and training-site support
- Accreditation, governance, policy, reporting
How to become a medical educator
There are numerous pathways into medical education, but the best way to start is by approaching a colleague who is already involved and asking more about the role. You may also like to consider looking into supervising a GP in training in your practice, becoming involved in assessment activities, or approaching your local university or GP training provider about roles in teaching and learning.
If you would like to learn more, the RACGP has a Medical Education Specific Interests group that members can join for free.