Proposal to triple CPD for supervising students

MORE GPs may soon be prepared to offer their services in training medical students, after RACGP members voted to have the college review and potentially triple the number of continuing professional development (CPD) points they can self-claim for teaching.

The motion to have the RACGP council consider increasing teaching CPD points from 10 to 30 was voted in convincingly by about 100 attendees in a convocation session at the college’s GP11 conference in Hobart last week.

“GPs who are willing to take the time to teach students and do it well are a scarce commodity,” University of Western Sydney professor of general practice Jennifer Reath, who seconded the motion, told MO after the vote.

“I would hope this demonstrates our commitment to supporting existing GP supervisors… and [that] it also encourages GPs... to think, ‘okay, this is one way I can possibly meet my Category 1 criteria and contribute something