Reduction of clinical training component


1. Introduction

Registrars can apply to complete the concurrent clinical component of the academic post term part-time. The academic component must be completed at 0.5FTE however, the concurrent clinical training component can be less than the minimum part-time requirement, or possibly waived. Registrars must apply to the RACGP for any variations to the concurrent clinical training component and decisions are granted at the RACGP’s discretion.

This guidance document provides further details regarding this process and the subsequent obligations, and is to be read in conjunction with the Academic Posts Policy.

 

2. Context

The Academic Post is an Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program training term in which registrars have the opportunity to learn academic skills identified through individualised learning plans. The Post provides exposure to research and teaching in the academic environment, and supports registrars to incorporate academic work into their everyday practice.

The 0.5FTE academic term is completed concurrently with a clinical training component, usually completed at 0.5FTE. Academic Registrars (ARs) wanting to reduce or waive their clinical training component are required to read this guidance document and apply accordingly.

 

3. Guidance

3.1 Eligibility

3.1.1 To be eligible to apply to reduce their concurrent clinical training component, the AR requires:

  1. Satisfactory completion of two years FTE active training time, including all of GPT1 and GPT2;
  2. Approval from their Training Organisation Director of Training or equivalent to reduce their concurrent clinical training in line with the registrar’s proposed learning plan;
  3. Approval from their proposed University Supervisor to reduce their concurrent clinical training in line with the learning objectives of the Academic Post.

3.2 Application process:

3.2.1 ARs must have been granted an Academic Post term.

3.2.2 ARs must ensure their eligibility for applying to reduce the clinical training component as per clause 3.1 of this document.

3.2.3 ARs must complete all required sections of the Application for reduction of clinical training component form and provide supporting evidence as detailed in clause 3.2.5 below.

3.2.4 The RACGP will assess the application to determine whether the AR has met the requirements and suitability to reduce the clinical training component, and will confirm the decision in writing.

3.2.5 Supporting evidence

  1. ARs must provide evidence of acceptance into the Academic Post program (ie. Signed letter of offer)
  2. ARs must provide evidence to support their request including the proposed variation to clinical hours, an explanation behind the variation to clinical hours, and a written plan for ensuring that the variation is suitable for the ARs fellowship training requirements and learning plan
  3. ARs must provide evidence of eligibility including:
    1. proof of satisfactory completion of two years FTE active training time including all of GPT1 and GPT2;
    2. a letter of support from their RTO Director of Training or equivalent to reduce their concurrent clinical training in line with the registrar’s proposed learning plan and;
    3. a letter of support from their proposed University Supervisor to reduce their concurrent clinical training in line with the learning objectives of the Academic Post.

3.3 Timelines

3.3.1 Applications under this guidance document must be made to the RACGP as soon as the AR is aware of the need.

3.3.2 The RACGP will advise ARs of the outcome of their application within ten business days of submission of a completed application. Assessments will be made on a case-by-case basis.

 

4. Glossaries

AP

Academic Post

AR

Academic Registrar

FTE

Full Time Equivalent

RACGP

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

 

5. References

Academic Post Policy