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Programme Details

The Specialist Training Programme in Family Medicine (STPFM) is designed to focus on the learning needs of family medicine. The STPFM is a three-year programme based in family practice and taught by GP (general practitioner) trainers, while supplemented by attachments with appropriate hospital specialties. Thus each GP Trainee undergoes training by working under the supervision of a GP Trainer in primary health care, and under the supervision of a hospital supervisor in various departments within secondary health care.   During this three-year programme the GP trainee spends one and a half years training in family medicine, and the other one and a half years exposed to the fields of Medicine, Paediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Accident & Emergency, Orthopaedics, Dermatology, ENT, Geriatrics, Palliative Care, Ophthalmology and Psychiatry.   The exposure in the secondary health care specialties is specifically targeted so that the trainee is exposed to the family medicine aspect of that particular hospital specialty.  The attachments are not consecutive, but there is a three monthly rotation.  For example after three months of family medicine the trainee goes on to follow a three month attachment in Medicine.

During those three years, besides working under the supervision of a GP trainer in a one-to-one relationship, the trainee also has tutorials once weekly with his GP trainer.  The GP trainer will continue following the development and support his trainee also during the hospital attachments with the hospital clinical supervisor.  Tutorials with the GP trainer will likewise continue during the secondary care attachments.

Moreover, from October to June, the trainees participate in an academic Half-Day Release Course (HDRC) consisting of afternoon teaching sessions taking place on a weekly basis.  The trainees will have protected time and therefore will be released from their duties in order to be able to attend the HDRC.  The HDRC timetable of the 2010-2013 cohort of trainees can be downloaded from here.  A minimum HDRC attendance of 85% is necessary in order to progress to the next year of training.

All the above educational experiences are collected in an electronic educational portfolio which, besides being a formative tool, will constitute the basis of the yearly appraisal.  In fact for the trainee to progress from one year to the next, one must pass this appraisal.  The GP trainee yearly appraisal document can be downloaded from here​.  The educational portfolio will demonstrate that the trainee has fulfilled the requirements of his attachments. Based on the paper version of the Educational Portfolio that can be viewed at this link, the ePortfolio currently hosted at http://www.nhseportfolios.org ​is being migrated to the Malta Postgraduate Medical Training Centre (MPMTC) ePortfolio at https://myeportfolio.gov.mt/.

At the end of the three year programme, a summative assessment will take place.  This involves three parts - clinical skills assessment, an applied knowledge test, and a workplace based assessment.  The educational portfolio will be used to assess the workplace based assessment.

A list of trainees who are currently following the programme can be found by following this link.  The trainers currently participating in the STPFM can also be found by following that link.  A list of past trainees and their respective trainers can be found at this link.