The COVID-19-forced transformation of general practitioner training from face-to-face to online delivery

Smith, Janie, Luhach, Ruchika, Sheldrake, Michelle, McArthur, Lawrie, Anderson, Emma, and Dick, Marie-Louise (2022) The COVID-19-forced transformation of general practitioner training from face-to-face to online delivery. Australian Journal of General Practice, 51 (12). pp. 939-944.

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Background and objective: Outside the clinical space, face-to-face education essentially stopped when the COVID-19 pandemic started, largely substituted by online education. This provided an opportunity to explore general practice registrar and educator views about the benefits, challenges and enablers of both types of educational delivery.

Methods: This qualitative study included 45 registrars and medical educators from across Queensland, Australia. Transcripts of five focus groups and 22 semi-structured interviews were analysed thematically using the Framework Method.

Results: Major themes focused on social connection, learning engagement, content delivery, and time and space in relation to education. Other themes included technology, unplanned learning, learning safety and pastoral care. Face-to-face education was viewed more positively than online education, but many suggested ways to enhance online education.

Discussion: The importance of social connection dominated and underpinned many other themes identified as central to achieving safe and effective vocational general practitioner education

Item ID: 77721
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2208-7958
Copyright Information: © The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners 2022 Reprinted from AJGP Vol. 51, No. 12, December 2022 939
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2023 00:41
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420306 Health care administration @ 100%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2003 Provision of health and support services > 200310 Primary care @ 100%
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