Successful Australian general practitioner doctoral candidates 2005-14

Gill, Gerard 2015, Successful Australian general practitioner doctoral candidates 2005-14, in RCGP 2015: Annual Primary Care Conference 2015 Poster Book, RCGP, London, Eng..

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Title Successful Australian general practitioner doctoral candidates 2005-14
Author(s) Gill, GerardORCID iD for Gill, Gerard
Conference name RCGP Annual Primary Care. Conference (2015: Glasgow, Scotland)
Conference location Glasgow, Scotland
Conference dates 1-3 Oct. 2015
Title of proceedings RCGP 2015: Annual Primary Care Conference 2015 Poster Book
Publication date 2015
Total pages 1
Publisher RCGP
Place of publication London, Eng.
Keyword(s) Higher degree Reseachers
Family practice
Summary Aims/objectives:Appointment to higher academic positions and success in high prestige research grantsIn Australia requires the possession of a research based doctorate. With the expandingNeeds of general practice can we meet the need for suitably qualified applicants?Using a variety of public domain databases Australian GPs who lodged a doctoral thesis in a University library from 1 Jan 2005 to 31 Dec 2014 were identified.Content:In this time 73 of the current 32,000 registered general practitioners had doctoral thesis accepted; 48 of these were in the first five years.Median time for thesis submission is around 25 years after the primary medical qualification.Relevance/impact:The capability to expand GP academic departments and research output in Australia is hampered by low GP doctoral completion rates. Doctorates are achieved in a late stage of a professional career limiting the research career lifespan. More research opportunities have been identified as attracting younger graduates to general practice.Discussion:There is an urgent need to provide more practical and financial support to younger GPs to enable them to undertake academic career development. A clear career pathway with some stability of income is also needed.
Language eng
Field of Research 110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category E3.1 Extract of paper
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