Become a supervisor

Supervisors must be accredited through RACGP and/or ACRRM to have registrars placed with them. To ensure that registrars are well supported and have reliable access to teaching and advice throughout their training, the supervisor/team of supervisors is required to undertake the activities in the below list:

  • Provide on-site clinical supervision and feedback as per the relevant college requirements.
  • Physically be on site for set portions of time, relevant to the registrar’s training level.
  • Provide ‘in practice’ teaching time to registrars as per the relevant college requirements.
  • Assist registrars in drawing up a feasible and achievable learning plan.
  • Facilitate formative assessment of registrars such as External Clinical Teaching (ECT) visits, miniCEXs ) and training advisor visits.
  • Complete a formative assessment evaluation of their registrar’s progress at least once per semester.
  • Ensure that first year ( registrars are released from their clinical duties in order to attend mandatory out of practice teaching
  • Inform James Cook University (JCU) General Practice and Rural Medicine as soon as possible of any concerns regarding a registrar, including any critical incidents or adverse events.
  • Participate in supervisor continuing professional development activities.

To be eligible to become an accredited supervisor, a GP must meet the following requirements:

  • hold a college fellowship (FRACGP and/or FACRRM);
  • have not less than four years FTE experience in general practice to supervise registrars on the RACGP pathway (this can include postgraduate training experience in general practice) with a minimum of five years’ experience to supervise RACGP GPT1/2 placements;
  • have not less than five years’ full-time equivalent experience in rural and remote medicine or other rural specialist practice (including training time) to supervise registrars on the ACRRM pathway;
  • work in a training post accredited to the standards of the respective college;
  • be registered with AHPRA as a specialist GP with full and unrestricted registration;
  • participate in continuing professional development that is aimed at improving performance as a general practice educator; and
  • provide excellent professional and clinical role modelling.

As a new supervisor to JCU General Practice and Rural Medicine, a schedule of activities has been designed to help orientate you with your new role and give you the best start to this new journey. This support includes:

  • Introductory sessions developed to support new supervisors in their role as soon as they become supervisors. These sessions may be delivered locally or online and include information on the roles and responsibilities of supervisors, an introduction to teaching, learning and feedback;
  • An opportunity to participate in the JCU General Practice and Rural Medicine micro-credentialed Certificate of Clinical Supervision;
  • Scheduled supervisor professional development activities that are offered face-to-face and virtually across our regionally distributed training locations; and
  • Access to the JCU General Practice and Rural Medicine Senior Fellows group.  This is a group of highly experienced GP training supervisors who are available to provide support and guidance.

For further information on supervisor requirements and benefits, please visit the College websites (RACGP and ACRRM).

JCU General Practice and Rural Medicine offers a comprehensive program to support all of our supervisors in their development, in supporting their registrars and managing any challenges. The local JCU General Practice and Rural Medicine office is the first point of call for supervisors and their training posts, with local medical educators, who are all practicing GPs, and local administrative staff available to respond to any queries that supervisors may have. Senior JCU staff are also available to provide counsel and support to supervisors in matters regarding registrar training.

Along with in -person support, JCU General Practice and Rural Medicine supervisors have access to a large range of teaching and other resources through ACRRM and RACGP’s platforms. These resources include items such as:

  • formative assessments for registrars;
  • clinical online modules;
  • RACGP Check issues;
  • Supervisor teaching topics.

In accordance with the ACRRM and RACGP vocational training standards GP Supervisors are required to participate in continuing professional development (CPD), which is aimed at consolidating and enhancing their skills as GP educators.

To assist in achieving this, in addition to College led activities, JCU General Practice and Rural Medicine provides a range of education activities including:

  • Workshops and local evening supervisor sessions
  • New supervisor initial training
  • Certificate in clinical supervision
  • One day workshops
  • Expert panel webinars

For up-to-date details, registration and program information, please visit the events calendar and filter events/workshops for supervisors.

Next steps to becoming a supervisor

The first step is to give your local JCU General Practice and Rural Medicine office a call. The team will be able to answer any further questions you have and give you a more detailed look into how a supervisor helps our registrars.  We are also always looking for high quality placements for our undergraduate GP rotations. This may be a good option if you are interested in becoming involved in supervision but are not yet ready to have a registrar in your practice.

Contact your local office.