Dr Linda Mann was presented a Recognition of Service award by GPSA for her outstanding commitment as a GP supervisor for 33 years. Linda has local and overseas medical experience, especially in genetics and women’s health including pregnancy care. She is an examiner for the RACGP and is an experienced medical educator. Linda works in the Your Doctors practice and at RPAH.
Linda also makes regular trips to the remote town of Borroloola in Northern Territory 1000km SE of Darwin where she provides supporting medical care.
Registrars need to learn how to be GPs, not hospitalists. The cultural training in hospital, which has political implications of avoidance of bed block, and KPIs for ” efficiency”, has some relevance in General Practice, where time keeping is also important. But we do not need to rush to solve a problem, usually. We have the benefit of repeated visits, and time to observe the effect of treatment over time. Registrars also need to learn that they carry gravitas as a doctor: billing for their time is appropriate and has value. They often worry that their slowness in practice is not something worth charging for. They need to understand that seeing the doctor ( which they are) is of value, and has value, and can solve the problem.
Registrars come from all sorts of places and training experience. Up to date references and changes of practice are easy for me to accommodate when I can see these in practice, eg change from warfarin to NOACs when they were introduced back in the day (I was hesitant at the time, having had no direct education: the registrars were very experienced and it was great to learn from them)
GP supervisors grow GPs. We have the challenge of ensuring that the new GP has all the characteristics that we value, and that they have the required standard of knowledge and skill required by the vocational training organisation, the regulators and the patients. We have challenges with ensuring patient comfort when the registrars fall short of the patient’s expectation, eg when the registrar is anxious, or needs support, or simply is not up to the problem, or makes a mistake. We have significant challenges in balancing the books if the registrar is slow to see patients, unpopular or unwilling to bill.
GPSA provides really useful organised training modules. GPSA is a voice in the medical political marketplace that represents me as a supervisor, and ensures my issues are front and centre. After all, if we do not train doctors to be GPs, the whole community suffers and preventive and chronic care become fragmented and patchy. Training GPs needs supervisors, and the existence of supervisors is not guaranteed without this organisation calling out loud and long for the resources we need to keep supervising.
Being a GP supervisor brings the extra dimension to GP work that allows GPs to continue to grow as they work through the decades. I am obliged to stay fresh, to not settle into comfortable and old medical ways. I am stimulated to change how I talk to colleagues and patients, as the registrars I supervise are now older in their life experience, and feel more and more collegiate. This is how you can work to bring more doctors into General Practice, and the way you can be part of the road they follow to practice good medicine
The GPSA reward and recognition program recognises the hard work and dedication of GP supervisors. If you are are a GP supervisor with over 10 years of supervising experience, we would like to recognise your dedication to nurturing the next generation of family practitioners. To nominate, you must be accredited by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and/or the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) to train GP registrars engaged within the Australian General Practice Training program.
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Date reviewed: 26 July 2022
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