There are many advanced skill disciplines to choose from, and deciding which is right for you can be tricky. Here are some tips to help you decide.
1. Match your skill to your location
Consider the current skillmix of the location or area you’d like to end up practising in. Start a conversation with senior staff to get a feel for what skills the health service is looking for and why. Check out the range of Advanced Skill disciplines you can do here.
2. Do what you enjoy
Take note of any rotations or terms that you particularly enjoyed in your junior years and why. If spending more time working in that discipline is something you can see yourself doing, it may be a sign that you should consider flavouring your rural practice with that skillset.
3. Do what you’re good at
Do you seem to have a flair or attribute that lends itself to a particular discipline? Maybe your supervisor or colleagues have pointed out your strengths, natural abilities or personality traits that seem to give your practice an edge. It may be an opportunity to capitalise on your strengths.
4. Plan for skill maintenance
Maintaining skill currency is paramount. Depending on the advanced skill you have in mind, you may be required to do clinical upskilling or attachments at tertiary hospitals, courses and other professional development. Senior medical practitioners employed by Queensland Health are required to undertake credentialing, which requires evidence of skill currency and maintenance.
5. Keep your options open
Many Rural Generalists choose to do multiple advanced skills or choose to reskill. Seek advice on how you could go about attaining multiple advanced skills to ensure you get the most out of your Rural Generalist training.
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