Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Basic Physician Training Network


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Stress and burnout are almost universal concerns in the career of medical practitioners. It is a significant issue for basic physician trainees who are preparing for exams, but continues throughout a physician’s career, regardless of discipline or specialty choice.

BPT OK is a pilot program that is currently underway, as an integrated part of the existing Professional Development component of the RPA training program. It has been designed as a collaborative effort of directors of training past and present, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, personal trainers, researchers and trainees.

The program aims to teach trainees the skills to recognise, prevent and manage stress not only in their current roles, but also for the rest of their careers. We believe that learning these skills is an integral part of becoming a physician; it is as important a part of basic physician training as learning clinical medicine.

BPT OK involves:

  • Mentorship at multiple levels

  • Workshops covering:

    • Wellbeing and how to maintain it with busy schedules (have own GP,
    • Goal setting, maintain perspective throughout training
    • Early recognition and management stress
    • Stress management

      • Skilled debriefing (culture and regular opportunities for debriefing)
      • Mindfulness
      • Progressive Muscle Relaxation, controlled breathing, guided meditation techniques

    • Healthy exam preparation and peak performance coaching by clinical/sports psychologists

  • Physical health (knowledge, skill and practice)

  • Knowledge of how to design personal training programs

    • Put knowledge into practice (opportunities for exercise at work with by personal trainers x3/wk)
    • Use of Fitness activity trackers
    • Nutrition with busy lifestyle

More information will soon be available via our new BPT OK website, please check back here later for the link.