What does a supervisor do?
A supervisor at the RACP plans and facilities a trainee’s learning by introducing them to effective educational opportunities and providing comprehensive and timely feedback on their progress and achievement.
Find out more about the supervisor roles for Basic and Advanced Training.
What are a supervisor’s responsibilities?
A supervisor at the RACP is responsible for guiding and supporting a trainee’s learning.
- Supports a trainee within their working environment
- Helps develop, implement and review effective training plans as per the training guidelines
- Guides the development of knowledge and skills (outlined in the curricula)
- Completes periodic progress reports and provides direct feedback in consultation with the co-supervisor (if applicable)
- Models excellent skills and practice
What Basic Training supervisor roles are available?
- Director of Physician Education
- Educational Supervisor
- Ward Service Consultant (rotational supervisor)
- Professional Development Advisor
* In Australia, some states also have Network Directors of Physician Training.
What Advanced Training supervisor roles are available?
Chapter and Divisional Advanced Training Programs
Faculty Advanced Training Programs
- Regional Training Program Director
- Remote Area Training Program Director
- Regional Education Coordinator
- Clinical supervisor
- Mentor (not-compulsory)
How do I become a Supervisor?
Educational Supervisor / Professional Development Advisor
You can self-nominate to be an Educational Supervisor / Professional Development Advisor.
Fill out the Supervisor Nomination Form for Basic Training (DOC 145KB)and email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A trainee may also nominate you as their supervisor (Educational Supervisor or Professional Development Advisor) as part of their annual application for Basic Training, ideally after discussion with you or the Director of Physician Education.
Director of Physician Education (DPE)
If you are interested in becoming a DPE, discuss your interest with the current DPE (or Network Director) and Director of Medical Services (DMS). This could be an opportunity for succession planning, or for you to become a Deputy DPE.
See the list of current DPES in Australia and New Zealand.
The RACP Basic Training Committee approves new DPEs.
To apply to become a DPE or Deputy DPE, please email email@example.com with:
- A brief nomination letter from the Director of Medical Services, or equivalent at the training site
If you are unable to email your documentation, you can also post it to the RACP, courtesy of the Basic Training Unit.
Advanced Training (Chapter and Divisional training programs)
A trainee must nominate you as their supervisor as part of their annual application for Advanced Training.
Please refer to the relevant Advanced Training Handbook for specialty specific supervision information. The Advanced Training Handbooks are accessible on each Advanced Training specialty page.
A trainee must nominate you as their supervisor as part of their annual prospective application for Advanced Training. If you are interested in becoming a supervisor for Occupational and Environmental Medicine, you can also contact the Regional Training Program Director.
Regional Training Program Director
If you are interested in becoming a Regional Training Program Director, contact OccEnvMed@racp.edu.au.
Remote Area Training Program Director
If you are interested in becoming a Remote Area Training Program Director, contact OccEnvMed@racp.edu.au.
You must be accredited by AFRM to become a clinical supervisor for Rehabilitation Medicine.
Find out more about the process for supervisor accreditation.
A trainee can nominate you as their mentor as part of their annual application for Advanced Training.
Regional Education Coordinator
If you are interested in becoming a Regional Education Coordinator, contact PublicHealth@racp.edu.au.
Supervisor or mentor
A trainee must nominate you as their supervisor or mentor as part of their annual application for Advanced Training.
What training is available for supervisors?
The RACP offers a number of supervisor workshops to provide supervisors with the training and support they need to supervise Basic or Advanced Trainees.
All supervisors should attend the supervisor workshops to enhance their skills in important areas, including:
- Delivering feedback
- Teaching multi-level trainees
- Integrating work-based assessment into the workflow
Learn more about supervisor workshops.
Learn more about the Supervisor Professional Development Program.
Why become a supervisor?
Supervision is a rewarding experience for many supervisors. Key benefits of being a supervisor include:
- Giving back – most supervisors value their experiences gained as trainees and want to provide similarly strong learning experiences to the newer generation of doctors
- Experience of teaching – many supervisors enjoy the experience of supporting younger doctors to develop new skills
- Stay up-to-date – supervision can be a useful way to remain current. Younger doctors generally ask challenging questions and the process of supervision often requires reflection on one’s own practice
- Developing the profession – supervisors are committed to the development of their specialist discipline and the see the role as vital to the growth and sustainability of their profession
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