Graduates get great start at practices

A PLACEMENT in general practice teaches junior doctors just as much, and provides the same skills, as placements in medicine, emergency and surgery, according to researchers from the Australian National University Medical School.

Addressing delegates at the GPET Convention, GP registrar Dr Kate Molinari said it was important to evaluate the Prevocational General Practice Placements Program (PGPPP), which provides a way to expose junior doctors to general practice in their hospital training years against other hospital placements.

“Widespread placements of junior doctors in general practice are a new phenomenon in the hospital environment, and this research will provide some important information about the education value of these posts for all junior doctors,” Dr Molinari told the convention.

“There is no literature before 2005 about validating the usefulness of these GP terms in terms of acquisition of skills.”