1. Academic Posts Policy
1.1 Policy number: CO-E-0033.0
1.2 Category: Education
1.3 Approval date: March 2019
1.4 Revision due date: March 2022
1.5 Unit responsible: Education Services
2. Policy declaration
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.
This policy describes the eligibility and completion requirements for registrars wishing to undertake an Academic Post as part of the AGPT Program.
For the purposes of this policy:
- AAP means Academic Assessment Panel
- Academic Post is a 12-month (0.5FTE) training term undertaken concurrently (0.5FTE) clinical work as part of registrar training on the AGPT Program.
- AIDA means Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association
- AJGP means the Australian Journal of General Practice
- ARST is Advanced Rural Skills Training, undertaken as part of the FARGP
- Applicant means a medical practitioner enrolled on the AGPT Program who has submitted an application for an Academic Post position
- Candidate means a medical practitioner enrolled on the AGPT Program who has been accepted for an Academic Post position
- Core Vocational Training means GPT1, GPT2, GPT3 and Extended Skills Training Terms of the AGPT Program
- FARGP means the Fellowship of Advanced Rural General Practice
- Full time general practice experience comprises a 38-hour minimum working week, over a minimum of four days per week, of which a minimum of 27 hours must be in face-to-face, rostered, patient consultation time undertaking general practice activities. Work periods of less than three consecutive hours, or of less than one month in any one practice, will not be considered. Hours worked beyond this definition of full time will not be considered
- ME means Medical Educator
- Part time general practice experience is calculated pro-rata against the definition of full time general practice experience. Part time general practice must comprise a 14.5-hour minimum working week, over a minimum of two days per week, of which a minimum of 10.5 hours must be in face-to-face, rostered, patient consultation time undertaking general practice activities. Work periods of less than three consecutive hours, or of less than one month in any one practice, will not be considered.
- Registrar means a medical practitioner enrolled on the AGPT Program
- RTO means Regional Training Organisation
- Specialised Academic Post is a post where there is a research project to be completed in which some objectives of the term are predetermined. Specialised posts are designed to facilitate accessibility to specific research and professional opportunities.
4.1.1 Registrars enrolled on the AGPT Program may apply for an Academic Post as part of registrar training.
4.1.2 The RACGP is able to fund up to 20 registrars to undertake an Academic Post in 2018, including one Specialised Post focusing on medical editing with the Australian Journal of General Practice (AJGP) and a small research project; and a post undertaken with the Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association (AIDA).
4.2 Aplication and scope
4.2.1 This policy applies to all registrars enrolled on the AGPT Program, provided they meet the eligibility criteria outlined in Clause 5.2.
4.2.2 The policy supersedes the previous AGPT Academic Post Policy 2016, and is effective as from 1 January 2019.
4.2.3 Academic Posts can either be undertaken as an Extended Skill term, as extended training time, or as Advanced Rural Skills Training (ARST) as part of the Fellowship of Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP). FARGP applicants must be approved by the RACGP Rural Censor.
5.1 Registrars must discuss their research proposal with their Regional Training Organisation’s (RTO) designated Medical Educator (ME) and find a suitable university-based GP academic supervisor before applying.
5.2 Registrars are eligible to apply for an Academic Post if they:
5.2.1 Are enrolled in the AGPT Program; and
5.2.2 Will have completed at least GPT1 of their core vocational training at the time of commencement of the post;
5.2.3 Have not obtained Fellowship; and
5.2.4 Have at least three months full-time equivalent of clinical work remaining on the AGPT Program.
6.1 Registrars may apply for both the Academic Post and the Specialised Academic Posts.
6.2 The Director of Training (DoT) at a registrar’s RTO must approve an Academic Post application.
6.3 Applications are submitted online via a grant management program accessed via the RACGP website. The online application is available during the submission window; registrars are encouraged to begin completing this form, with the support of their ME and university supervisor, as soon as the application form is available.
6.4 Applicants for a Post will be assessed against the selection criteria outlined in the Application Guide by the Academic Assessment Panel (AAP). Registrars are encouraged to consider these criteria when completing their application form.
6.5 Applications for a first academic term will be given preference. Candidates may apply for a second academic term if eligible; if accepted, these registrars are expected to demonstrate a greater depth of research and act as mentors to first year students.
6.6 The AAP assesses Post applications against the assessment criteria to determine those who have a suitable research and teaching plan. If RACGP receives more applications than posts available, the AAP ranks applications to determine who will be offered an Academic Post.
6.7 For more information on applying for an Academic Post, please see the RACGP website.
7. Completing the Post
7.1 Successful candidates commence the post at the beginning of their training term in the next calendar year after a successful application. The Academic Post training term has one intake per calendar year.
7.2 The Academic Post must be completed part time (0.5 full-time equivalent) over 12 months.
7.3 The Academic Post must be undertaken concurrently with a clinical training post. The minimum clinical time requirement is 14.5 hours per week, of which 10.5 hours must be face-to-face patient consultation. Usually, clinical training is undertaken at 0.5 full-time equivalent over 12 months.
7.4 To be eligible to reduce the concurrent clinical training requirement, registrars must have successfully completed the following components of their training before the commencement of the Academic Post:
- A minimum of 12 months' general practice experience in RACGP accredited general practice training posts under the guidance of a RACGP accredited supervisor. Registrars must have been assessed as having completed two years full time equivalent active training time, including all of GPT1 and GPT2.
- Pass the RACGP's Applied Knowledge Test (AKT), Key Feature Problem (KFP) and Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE).
7.5 RACGP supports registrars undertaking an Academic Post with a range of research training and support activities over the duration of the academic term. For more information, see the Academic Post Guide. Attendance at support activities is compulsory; if, due to exceptional circumstances, a registrar is unable to attend any activity, their ME must provide acknowledgement and approval of the absence to RACGP.
7.6 Registrars may apply for leave from the Academic Post in line with the Guide to Applying for Leave from the Academic Post Program
8. Related policies, documents and legislation
Department of Health policies related to the AGPT Program are available at the policy page.
Relevant RACGP policies are available at the policy page.
9. Administrative procedures
9.1 Access to published policy
This policy will be available via the RACGP website at the policy page.
9.2 Promulgation of published policy
Relevant staff members, including RTO CEOs and DoTs, will be provided communications explaining the function and role of this policy.
9.3 Review of this policy
This policy will have a review cycle of three years.