Glossary

Glossary

The key terms relating to education in general practice used in this document are listed here.

Additional rural skills training (ARST) 52 calendar weeks (FTE) in an accredited training post that provides the appropriate depth and breadth of experience necessary to meet the requirements of the particular ARST curriculum.
Clinical supervision plan A plan that details the expectations and structures for each registrar’s supervision, including:
  • when the registrar needs to seek supervision
  • who is providing supervision and when
  • how supervision is accessed
  • a plan for escalating issues to an accredited GP supervisor if required
  • a risk management plan to address difficulty in accessing supervision
  • a statement of commitment by each supervision team member of their contribution to supervision.
Competence The array of abilities across multiple domains or aspects of a registrar’s performance in a clinical context. Competence is multidimensional and changes with time, experience and setting. Statements about competence require descriptive qualifiers to define relevant abilities, context and stage of training.
Fellow/FRACGP Admittance to either:
  1. Fellowship of the RACGP (FRACGP), or
  2. FRACGP and Rural Generalist Fellowship (FRACGP-RG).
Full-time equivalent training A minimum of 27 hours face-to-face rostered patient consultation time over a minimum four days per week within a minimum 38 hour working week.
For the FSP program, the RACGP determines FTE to mean 38 hours per week spent in training, which includes all practice time, and education and training program activities.  
General practitioner (GP) A registered medical practitioner who:
  • is qualified and competent for general practice anywhere in Australia
  • has the skills and experience to provide whole-person comprehensive, coordinated and continuing medical care
  • maintains professional competence for general practice
  • is vocationally registered.
In-practice teaching plan A teaching plan that outlines when teaching will occur in the practice, who will provide the teaching and what educational activities will occur. The plan reflects the registrar’s learning needs and the educational opportunities available at the training site.
Learning plan A tool that the registrar uses to plan learning through identifying areas for development and ways in which these areas can be effectively addressed, assessed and evaluated. While it is not required for registrars to document a formal learning plan, they are expected to actively engage in planning their learning and to involve their supervisor and medical educator in this planning.
Medical educator An experienced and qualified person who delivers education to the registrar. A medical educator is usually a GP, but can also be a relevant, suitably qualified and experienced non-GP.
Primary supervisor The medical practitioner who has ultimate responsibility for a registrar and manages their supervision by the supervision team to ensure safe patient care. A primary supervisor provides formal and informal teaching, feedback and assessment.
Registrar A registered medical practitioner who is enrolled in a general practice training program approved by the RACGP to achieve Fellowship of the RACGP:
  • Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program
  • Fellowship Support Program (FSP)
  • Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS).
Secondary supervisor The medical practitioner contributing to a registrar’s supervision and education under the guidance of the primary supervisor. They may temporarily take on the duties and responsibilities of the primary supervisor when the primary supervisor is absent.
Supervisor An accredited GP who is both a clinician and role model who takes responsibility for the educational and training needs of the registrar while in the practice. There are various levels of supervisors (see primary supervisor and secondary supervisor). Supervision functions may be shared among the practice team as the primary supervisor sees fit.
Supervision team Headed by the primary supervisor, the team can consist of GPs and non-GPs, depending on the context of the training post. The team may include nurses, cultural mentors and other health workers. Each person in the supervision team has defined supervision roles and responsibilities.
Training site A health service accredited by the RACGP where the registrar may undertake their general practice training.