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CPMEC Professional Development Program for Registrars (PDRP)

CPMEC has been rolling out the PDPR in conjunction with PMCs and other health services throughout Australia since 2006. To date over a hundred programs involving registrars drawn from all specialty training programs have participated in PDPRs throughout Australia.

PDPR - Program Aims

CPMEC’s Professional Development Program for Registrars (PDPR) was developed in recognition of the role that registrars are increasingly playing in the training and supervision of junior doctors. With the increase in medical graduate numbers that has occurred, there is little likelihood that this trend will be reversed in the near future. However, there is little preparation or training provided to junior doctors to make this transition to the role of being a registrar. 

The PDPR has provided registrars with the unique opportunity to acquire these skills with their colleagues in a systematic way, and improve their leadership and management performance in their workplaces. The PDPR has now developed into a national professional development program with widespread support. It has the benefit of feedback from close to 2,000 registrars who have participated in the program nationally. The program has been continually refined to ensure that it reflects the learning needs of the registrars and promotes transferability to their clinical roles.  

Key benefits of the PDPR

The PDPR has been very successful in building the leadership and management skills and knowledge of the front-line medical management workforce. Its focus as a developmental program has generated extremely positive outcomes not only for the participating registrars but other senior clinicians involved with the program in various sites throughout Australia. 
A number of the latter have become accredited to deliver the program. The PDPR has also contributed to engendering a greater sense of engagement between the participating registrars and their workplace. Very importantly it has been one of the pioneer national programs in postgraduate medical education in Australian that has tried to redress the gap relating to professional development training for doctors by providing a practically-oriented program. 

The PDPR provides registrars with a rare opportunity to interact with colleagues from other specialties. 

PDPR Methodology

The PDPR is built around a highly interactive methodology that seeks to create a valuable developmental experience for participants. It provides a smorgasbord of learning situations for participants on key leadership and management topics that is delivered at a pace that provides adequate coverage of the topics. It includes a mixture of discussions, expert inputs, self-analysis, simulations, experiential learning and reflective activity that makes full use of the program time. 
A key element of the PDPR is to provide participants with practical frameworks that will assist in making the transition to the role of registrars. It builds greater self-awareness, deals with conflict management strategies, effective team building, time management and delegation, different styles of supervision, teaching and learning, giving and receiving feedback, communication, and managing change. Enhanced patient safety and quality of health care is a key element underpinning the program. 

Program Content

This intensive two-day face-to-face workshop typically covers the following areas: 

  • Roles of the registrar & transitional issues
  • Leadership & Management
  • Increasing Self-awareness
  • Communication & Learning Styles
  • Registrar as Teacher
  • Effective Time Management & Delegation
  • Supervising Others: Different Styles of Leadership
  • Managing Stress
  • Managing Safety & Quality
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Techniques for Giving and Receiving Feedback
  • Team Building skills
  • Action Planning and Goal Setting