Rebecca Stewart

I am a GP and Medical Educator who is passionate about supporting competence and excellence in medical education, research and evaluation.
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GP Fellowship Exams – You don’t want to find yourself up the creek without a paddle!

Every Sunday I Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) on the beautiful river just down from my house.  Today as I was paddling, I was thinking about similarities between paddleboarding and the GP learning journey. Paddling to the exam requires: Planning – Do I have the right board and paddle?   Is the weather good?   Are there any  unforeseen …

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Unthinking your thinking: How Leopard Docs can change their spots.

Having difficulty maintaining your general practice skills, and/or having difficulty completing assessment requirements? We do become more set in our ways as we become older and wiser.   Most of the time this is an advantage, but not when completing GP Assessments. It is well documented in the literature that the following factors negatively influence GP …

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What’s the (Education) Diagnosis Doc? How Changing your Study Approach can Maximise your Exam Success.

Whether you’re gearing up to run the RACGP written exam races soon, or pacing your study for next year, it’s worth considering your training approach. No-one wants a false-step or start’ (which is a synonym for fail) which I explored in a previous blog. Repeated false starts can result in disqualification so it’s important to …

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Difficulty Navigating RACGP Exams? How to make a ‘Plan B’.

Human beings don’t like to fail.   Doctors are terrible at it.   Postgraduate exams are often the first exams Doctors have ever failed.  That’s hard, especially when that failure is linked to your self-esteem, professional image, and livelihood.  But sometimes, the strong emotions that accompany failure, stop us from taking the time to consider why we …

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A GP Training How To: Pathways, Length, Difficulty and Options for IMGs

Begin with the end in sight: Pathways in Australian General Practice Writing this blog was a hard slog.  Navigating through the intricacies of working in Australian General Practice must be one of the most confusing and disorientating journeys I’ve ever been on – and I have been trained and work in Australian General Practice!  I …

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How a triangle and a MAP can help you find success in GP Exams.

Triangulation – a method by which a teacher gathers evidence about a learner. Triangles are everywhere in Medical Education.  We have Bloom’s Taxonomy, Maslow’s Heirechy and of course, Miller’s Pyramid. We have assessment triangles, and triangles to approach learning.   The reason why educators like triangles so much is that they help us formulate an …

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Cracking the curriculum – the KEY to RACGP exam success

Doctor’s are very clever human beings – so why do we struggle with assessment, and in particular, why do we feel that it doesn’t measure our clinical practice accurately? The answer lies in Johari’s window which is a framework to understand the ‘self’.  Understanding the RACGP curriculum is the KEY to looking through Johari’s window. …

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