The role of learning facilitator and teacher are probably the most apparent of all the GP supervisor’s roles. Quality of teaching is enhanced by a knowledge of the principles of adult learning, appreciation of different teaching methods, a clear understanding of the curriculum and a passion for teaching.
As well, the GP supervisor can support the teaching role by fostering a “culture of learning” in the practice. This includes providing ready access to appropriate resources and reference materials, and active involvement of the whole team in registrar training.
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When one considers the vast breadth of general practice content, it is a daunting prospect for the GP registrar to consider ‘What do I need to learn?’ (and for the GP supervisor, ‘What do I need to teach?’).
While learning is ultimately the responsibility of the registrar, the GP supervisor has an important role to play in helping the registrar identify, clarify, prioritise and address their learning needs for general practice training.
Learning needs identification is the process of using tools and methods to identify the learning needs of the registrar, both known and unknown. These include clinical topics, as well as other domains of practice such as professionalism, communication skills, and organisational skills.
Helping your registrar plan their learning guide
Planning Learning webinar and FAQ
4R Learning Needs Self Assessment tool
Teaching in a general practice setting as part of vocational training comprises two distinct but overlapping approaches – ‘informal’ and ‘formal’ teaching.
Informal teaching (also known as corridor or ad hoc teaching) is usually brief, unplanned, and opportunistic, and occurs in response to the registrar seeking assistance during the patient encounter.
Formal teaching is the dedicated, quarantined, structured form of teaching. There are a wide range of possible teaching methods that the GP supervisor can employ as part of practice-based teaching.
Formal teaching webinar and FAQ
Date reviewed: 21 February 2023