GPs embrace ‘Lunch and Learn’ program

Epworth’s GP Liaison webinar series educates GPs on their lunch break. The webinars, introduced in 2014 and extended from monthly to fortnightly in early 2015, have proved increasingly popular as GPs embrace online education.

The one-hour sessions titled ‘Lunch and Learn’ run from 1.00pm – 2.00pm and enable GPs to log on from the comfort of their office or home to listen and participate in an interactive, virtual education session with leading Epworth specialists.

Epworth’s GP education programs are specifically tailored to the educational needs of GPs, and topics are selected by GPs themselves through regular questionnaires which help to identify learning gaps in the GP community. Appropriate Epworth HealthCare specialists are then selected to provide high-quality and up-to-date education.

All education meetings are accredited by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and each webinar carries two (Cat 2) CPD points.

GP Education Coordinator Fiona Scoullar runs the webinars and says the popularity of the series reflects GPs’ desire to have access to convenient, compelling educational programs.

“So far this year, more than 200 GPs have joined leading Epworth specialists online during their lunch hour to watch education across a range of topics,” said Fiona.

“The online education has greatly extended the reach of the program with GPs participating from Western Australia, South Australia and New South Wales. Many of the GPs participating in the online program are new to the industry, and we hope that by providing online education to these GPs we will be able to introduce them to VMOs who work at Epworth, thereby influencing their referral patterns.”

During a webinar, interaction is encouraged between the presenter and attendees in the form of a real-time Q&A forum. There is also functionality for polls and surveys during the presentation. For those that can’t attend at the scheduled time, webinars are recorded and added to a library of on-demand education that GPs can access at their convenience.

Feedback from attendees and presenters using the service has been overwhelmingly positive.

Orthopaedic surgeon Mr Austin Vo presented a webinar in July this year on the topic of common shoulder problems, and says he was pleased with his experience.

“I really enjoyed the opportunity to present my webinar and believe it has helped generate referrals,” Mr Vo said.

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