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How to start learning for new GPs: Using the BEACH study

Updated: Apr 6, 2022

When I started to study in preparation for work as a GP registrar I came across the Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health (BEACH) study which collects data about general practice consultations (e.g. patient demographics, common presenting complaints etc).


When reviewing this I noted that there was a rank order of most common presentations which I then used as a starting point for my revision. I learned about the most common conditions seen by GPs first and worked my way down this list using multiple revision sources such as textbooks and guidelines which formed a part of my revision notes. I had a printed list and I admit it felt really good to tick off the topics as I went along to show that I was making some progress!


In addition, the RACGP’s exams focus on the most common presentations from the BEACH study to design their exams. You can read about this on their examinations guide from: https://www.racgp.org.au/getmedia/4f8c78fd-e020-42fa-a253-4f1605eb900e/Examinations-guide-September-2018.pdf.aspx .


I encourage you to read the BEACH study and its impact on general practice as well as how it shapes policies regarding healthcare on: https://www.sydney.edu.au/medicine-health/our-research/research-centres/bettering-the-evaluation-and-care-of-health.html .


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