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Type: Journal article
Title: Exploring resilience in rural GP registrars - implications for training
Author: Walters, L.
Laurence, C.
Dollard, J.
Elliott, T.
Eley, D.
Citation: BMC Medical Education, 2015; 15(1):110-1-110-8
Publisher: BioMed Central
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 1472-6920
1472-6920
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Lucie Walters, Caroline O. Laurence, Joanne Dollard, Taryn Elliott and Diann S. Eley
Abstract: BACKGROUND Resilience can be defined as the ability to rebound from adversity and overcome difficult circumstances. General Practice (GP) registrars face many challenges in transitioning into general practice, and additional stressors and pressures apply for those choosing a career in rural practice. At this time of international rural generalist medical workforce shortages, it is important to focus on the needs of rural GP registrars and how to support them to become resilient health care providers. This study sought to explore GP registrars’ perceptions of their resilience and strategies they used to maintain resilience in rural general practice. METHODS In this qualitative interpretive research, semi-structured interviews were recorded, transcribed and analysed using an inductive approach. Initial coding resulted in a coding framework which was refined using constant comparison and negative case analysis. Authors developed consensus around the final conceptual model. Eighteen GP registrars from: Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine Independent Pathway, and three GP regional training programs with rural training posts. RESULTS Six main themes emerged from the data. Firstly, rural GP registrars described four dichotomous tensions they faced: clinical caution versus clinical courage; flexibility versus persistence; reflective practice versus task-focused practice; and personal connections versus professional commitment. Further themes included: personal skills for balance which facilitated resilience including optimistic attitude, self-reflection and metacognition; and finally GP registrars recognised the role of their supervisors in supporting and stretching them to enhance their clinical resilience. CONCLUSION Resilience is maintained as on a wobble board by balancing professional tensions within acceptable limits. These limits are unique to each individual, and may be expanded through personal growth and professional development as part of rural general practice training.
Keywords: Resilience; Rural; GP Registrars; Medical education; Vocational training; Rural generalism
Rights: © 2015 Walters et al. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly credited. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.
RMID: 0030031813
DOI: 10.1186/s12909-015-0399-x
Grant ID: http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/LP110100382
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