Remote supervision in postgraduate training: a personal view

Susan M Wearne
Med J Aust 2013; 198 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.10296
Published online: 17 June 2013

Using telehealth infrastructure for remote supervision could create medical training places where they are needed

Remote supervision is used increasingly in postgraduate general practice training in outback Australia and northern Canada.1,2 In this model, general practice supervisors and registrars working in different locations communicate via information and communication technology. However, the concept of remote supervision compared with the traditional apprenticeship of general practice training raises questions about how registrars can learn without observing their general practice supervisors at work. And how do general practitioners supervise registrars without overseeing them?

  • Susan M Wearne

  • General Practice Education and Training, Canberra, ACT.



I thank Flinders University, Adelaide, for library access, and my employer, General Practice Education and Training, for support; however, the views expressed are my own and not necessarily those of General Practice Education and Training.

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