1. Preparing for GP training

Preparing for GP training

Tips on preparing for GP training

  • Speak with GPs and GP trainees – hear about their experiences
  • Everyone will have a different story about their pathway to becoming a GP and what their daily practice is like – GP life is full of variety
  • Go on GP placements – as well as university mandated GP terms there are opportunities for medical students for further experience such as the John Flynn Placement Program
  • Research the GP training programs, the Australian General Practice Training program is the largest and most popular program – see our how to apply page
  • Understand how MCCC education works and where you could train
  • Choose your intern and resident rotations with general practice in mind – emergency, medical and general surgery rotations are mandatory intern rotations which are an ideal base to build your experience
    • If possible, a paediatric rotation is very useful as well as mental health and O&G, as they form a large part of a GP’s workload
  • Consider areas that may interest you for extended skills or advanced skills placements
  • You could also consider extra qualifications such as a DipObs, Certificate in Emergency Medicine or the Sydney Child Health Program
  • Keep the end of rotation feedback forms from each rotation – these are important for evaluating your hospital experience
  • Speak with your hospital supervisors about being a referee for your AGPT application
  • There are no pre-requisite courses required before applying to GP training – other than your medical degree