Hi, it’s Joe here again. So, you’ve made it past the start of stage two accreditation – or your curious to hear about the process before getting started? In this post we’ll talk about the real backbone of the accreditation process – the dreaded case studies.
What’s the idea behind the case studies?
The case studies submissions are the method the AACP uses to determine whether you are competent to conduct HMR and RMMRs. They test the ability to gather and analyse information, prioritise what you have found and then convert that information into a letter to the GP that is well structured, coherent and, most importantly, addresses the reason for the referral and any patient concerns – no small feat!
What’s good about the case studies?
The case studies are a necessary evil. There are four in total, two for HMRs and two for RMMRs. Each one requires a lot of time and effort to complete, but your assignment marker (who remains anonymous throughout the process) gives you a heap of feedback after each submission. You can be deemed ‘not yet competent’ if there is significant room for improvement, or ‘competent’ if it is good enough. I say good enough, because often when you read the feedback from a competent submission, you know that there are still areas where you can improve.
The case study markers provide constructive feedback, but it can hurt to read.
One of the problems I encountered when doing the HMRs was I was trying to be too many things. I was trying to be a Doctor, a Cardiologist, a Physiotherapist as well as a Pharmacist. It took me some time to realise my role, and the role of the HMR. We are not second guessing the Doctor’s diagnosis; we are not thinking they are missing something. Our role is medication management for the patient.
You will notice personal improvement after each case study
The case studies will become more straight forward as you progress i.e. it does get easier throughout the process, I promise. Focus on the questions being posed by the assessment and most importantly read and consider the marker’s comments and advice carefully.
The AACP provides access to four worked case studies in Voice-over-PowerPoint presentations that will help to guide your submission development – well worth looking at before you start the case study assessment.
Whilst the first HMR took me months to get completed, I was able to complete the last one in just over a week. You have 60 days to complete each case study – use it wisely!