Transformational Learning

By paul | June 17, 2018

Five years ago I was at the AMEN 2013 conference in Melbourne, and was in the audience for a fantastic keynote presentation by Dr Debbie Paltridge on transformative learning. It made such an impression on me that I came home and collected some information and online resources about her topic (also called transformational learning in the…

New RACGP Exam Attempts Limit from 2019

By paul | June 16, 2018

The RACGP has just announced that they will be introducing a limit on the total number of exam attempts from 2019. In essence, candidates will be allowed six attempts across three years to pass all three components (the AKT, KFP and OSCE). The new exam policy states that this change has been introduced to more closely…

Crazy Socks For Docs – June 1st 2018

By paul | June 14, 2018

As one of the themes of this blog is physician wellness (including the related ideas of burnout and resilience) I thought that I would post this short radio interview about Socks For Docs Day. Launched in 2017 by Melbourne cardiologist Dr Geoff Toogood, the day aims to focus attention on the mental health of clinicians…

Burnout & Resilience Topics on Medscape 2017-18

By paul | June 11, 2018

Medscape regularly addresses physician wellness, burnout and lifestyle. It’s regular physician lifestyle reports are very interesting and provide a snapshot of many factors contributing to physician wellbeing (at least in the US). Their latest report is the National Physician Burnout & Depression Report 2018, and it features lots of useful data, including burnout rates by…

Burnout & Resilience: Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience (National Academy of Medicine)

By paul | June 11, 2018

The US-based National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience, launched in 2017, is a very useful resource that addresses physician burnout, well-being and resilience. They have a knowledge repository and have published some attention-getting infographics (see below):  

Ask Us Anything: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People Confront Stereotypes

By paul | May 28, 2018

The University of Sydney has put together this really great video about Indigenous stereotypes.

RACGP releases new genomic medicine guide for GPs

By paul | April 18, 2018

Genomics in general practice covers a number of key areas for which patients will be seeking advice from their GPs, such as: family history personal genomic testing genetic counselling diabetes mental health conditions newborn screening prenatal testing reproductive carrier screening. The guide consists of a series of more than 30 summaries that provide key information a…

New RACGP social media guidelines

By paul | April 12, 2018

Click this link to see the latest version of the RACGP’s Social Media Guidelines.  

Should Doctors Recommend Acupuncture For Pain?

By paul | March 28, 2018

As many of you know I’m a GP and acupuncturist, as well as a medical educator. In the interests of an open debate, I thought that this recent story from the BMJ was worthwhile. From Soundcloud: Our latest debate asks, should doctors recommend acupuncture for pain? Asbjørn Hróbjartsson from the Center for Evidence-based Medicine at…

How Much of a Threat is AI?

By paul | January 1, 2018

This 10 minute clip from Monash University’s “A Different Lens” series raises some interesting  questions about artificial intelligence and the future of humanity: They have also released episode 2:

The Art of Medicine

By paul | December 7, 2017

Climate Disruption / Human Health Effects

By paul | December 7, 2017

DISRUPTION from Disruption on Vimeo.