Around 15% of attendees at the ETM Course to date have been GP’s and we are very happy that this group is attending our course as we feel ETM more accurately represents how trauma is managed in the modern Australasian context than other available course.  The presence of GP’s on the course is also hugely beneficial as they share their experience with hospital doctors who are often oblivious to the challenges GP’s face managing trauma, often in remote or resource-limited environments.

We have received great feedback from GP participants and almost universally the GP attendees find the course very useful.  We are nascent of the fact not everyone works in a tertiary hospital and may not have a full trauma team or CT scanner and we try to accomodate everyone’s learning needs on the course by adjusting (within reason!) the simulation scenarios to more accurately reflect people’s work environment and providing time for discussion during the lectures and small group sessions.

However, we occasionally encounter certain practitioners who despite this, struggle on the course and unfortunately they almost universally come from the GP cohort.  We have therefore consulted our GP instructors/colleagues to provide some advice to GP’s who are considering attending ETM.

A quick note from Dr Tim Leeuwenburg – rural GP on Kangaroo Island, S.A. and ETM Instructor/CourseDirector.

“Hi there – really glad to see that a fellow primary care doc has signed up to do ETM.  I’m a big fan of the ETM course – not least because it teaches reproducible skills for crisis management, applicable to not just trauma but also other resuscitation scenarios.   The three day course is intense and I think relevant for those doctors, most often in rural & remote Australia, who are interested in cutting-edge trauma management in their resus room.  

However, a word of caution – whilst we have had many GPs attend the course and take away valuable skills, there have been some who have struggled.  

In general these are clinicians who either have little or no experience of trauma – but that’s OK, I am an occasionalist myself!

More worrisome are those who may attend the course but not be prepared to learn and reflect on their existing practice and so be unwilling to apply the principles of ETM to their environment.

Clinicians who attend the course and insist on sticking with previous experience, whether born through dogma or previous training, are unlikely to benefit.  Moreover insistence on ‘that’s not the way we do things where I practice’ can detract significantly from other candidates expereince.

I do hope that this generic statement doesn’t put you off.  The ETM Faculty are anxious to ensure that the course runs smoothly and that all attendees gain skills to enhance their management in the resus room.  But to do this we ask that you reflect on own experience and come to the course having both absorbed the pre-course material and prepared to engage in the spirit of adult learning”.

Tim is happy to answer any queries or concerns from GP’s regarding ETM in advance of your nominated course.

Please email us via our contact page, (be sure to include your name, email address & put “GP enquiry for Tim” in the subject line) and we will forward your email to Tim for a quick response.

We look forward to seeing you at the course!

Dr Andy Buck
ETM Course Director