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This is 20 weekly articles to guide through the content in preparation for GP fellowship.

One topic per week. With a few weeks thrown in to rest and catch up.

This is an overview of the curriculum for each topic. It’s impossible to know everything, so just choose the things you know the least about, and slowly fill in the holes in your knowledge.

1. Respiratory

Hi everyone! You must be very excited to be starting your journey towards freedom! Can you smell that freedom from exams, institutions and stress? Don’t worry, I understand completely how stressful this journey can be and I won’t pretend that it is easy. In fact, it takes daily courage to wake up and to tell…

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2. Cardiovascular

Hi Everyone! I hope you’ve taken a moment today to stop and breathe. If not, do it now. Feel the cool air touch the back of your throat, and fill your lungs deeply. Imagine the oxygen  nourishing your cells as they carry your mind into a world of study once more. You’ve got this! This…

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3. Gastroenterology

Hi Everyone! Have you been eating well today? I know during my preparation for exams I gained over 5kg in weight from eating whatever I wanted. Chips and chocolates were my go-to foods. While I thought it felt great to lay my usual restrictions aside, I know that these foods were not great for my…

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4. MSK/Rheumatology

Hi Everyone! How are your muscles and joints feeling today? Take a moment now to stand up and roll your ankles, roll your wrists, roll your shoulders and stretch your neck. If you haven’t seen them already, check out Bob and Brad on Youtube. They are a physiotherapy duo who provide excellent information about stretching…

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5. Endocrinology

Hi everyone! How are your energy levels going? If you’re entering a period of study and you’re feeling completely depleted it’s sometimes useful to run on the spot for a minute, have a brief 15 minute nap, have a quick wander outside on the grass, do some stretching, or if those fail, to have a…

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6. Neurology

Hi Everyone, Take your shoes off for a minute. Can you feel the soft fluffy carpet under your feet? Or the cool smooth tiles? Or the grain of he floor boards? When was the last time you walked through the grass with bare feet? Taking these times to nourish your tactile senses is really enjoyable…

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7. Renal/Urology

Hi Everyone, How much water have you been drinking today? Do you know the feeling of being truly hydrated? Trial this experiment for a week and see how you feel: drink a large glass of water with a squeeze of lemon in it as soon as you wake up in the morning. Within a few…

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8. Men’s Health

Hi everyone! Have you chatted to your dad lately? Or perhaps you think of another prominent male as your paternal figure? Take a few minutes to send a text message, email or make a phone call to a special male in your life to let them know you’re thinking of them and appreciate them. Men…

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9. Women’s Health

Hi everyone! When was the last time you gave your mum a call? Mums are special people in our lives. Take a few minutes today to give mum a call, send her a message or organise some flowers to be delivered. Sometimes a little affirmation is all you need to get through the day. This…

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10. Ears/Nose/Throat

Hi Everyone, Stop for a minute and process where you are at the moment. What can you hear? What can you smell? Take a few minutes to choose a piece of music to accompany your study – I always find piano pieces by Yiruma to be calming, and music from movies to be motivating. If…

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11. Ophthalmology

Hi everyone! Have you filled your eyes with magical things lately? It’s very easy to spend our days looking at our phones, our computers and our books and fail to take a few moments to watch the colourful sunset, or the wistful clouds, or the wild ocean. Take some time away from it all this…

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12. Dermatology

Hi everyone! Take yourself to the bathroom for a minute, and wash your face in the sink. Count to 30 while you’re doing it, and enjoy the warm (or cold) water on your skin cleaning the day’s grime away. I always find this to be incredibly refreshing and rejuvenating and a good way to sign…

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13. Oncology/Haematology

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve been practising your cancer-minimising behaviours as we recommend to our patients? Quick recap – testicular self-check, breast self-check, sunscreen, stopping smoking, reduction in over-consumption of red or processed meat, and checking stool for blood. Remember to prioritise your own health! This week is about oncology/haematology. One of the major haematological…

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14. Paediatrics

Hi everyone! When is the last time you’ve had a good belly laugh? Take a few minutes now to tell a joke to your partner, or get into a tickling match with a friend. Practising joyfulness is sometimes quite difficult when life is piling in on top of you, but really is something that we…

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15. Mental Health

Hi Everyone! How are you going? I mean, how are you really going? When is the last time you’ve had a real think about your coping, moods and resilience? Are you displaying any physical signs of stress such as tight muscles, nail biting, teeth grinding, elevated heart rate or unexplained fatigue? Take a few minutes…

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16. Emergency Medicine

Hi everyone! How do you manage stress? Do your shoulders tighten up, does your heart start to pound? Do you struggle to keep your hands or body still? If so, it might be worth spending time practicing some meditation exercises so that if an emergency hits, you’ll have the tools to be able to keep…

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17. Aged Care

Hi veryone! How great are grandparents?! They carry with them such wisdom and history. If you have grandparents still alive, when is the last time you’ve seen them? Reflect on their lives and contemplate any wisdom or legacy they have left you. Has this wisdom affected your work as a doctor? This week is about…

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18. Aboriginal Health

Hi Everyone! Are you in touch with your spirituality? Do you know your cultural origins? Have you taken time recently to appreciate the variety of culture all around you? This week is about Aboriginal health. I had the privilege of doing my extended skills term in an Aboriginal Medical Service. As part of this 6…

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19. Travel Medicine/Infectious Diseases

Hi everyone! How good does it feel to be safe at home?! Look around your room now for a minute and be give thanks for safety, a comfortable seat, a desk, opportunity to study and the ability to earn income. This week is about travel medicine, infectious diseases and refugee medicine. Travel is fantastic and…

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