A Registrar Survival Guide - Developing teaching skills as a GP registrar

Develop the skills to teach others during your GP registrar year.

Try out different presenting styles in a friendly environment (Photograph: Istock)
Try out different presenting styles in a friendly environment (Photograph: Istock)

RCGP curriculum statement 3.7 focuses on the developing role of the GP registrar as an educator of others. With many other competing demands for a registrar’s time, how best can we achieve the competencies outlined in this statement?

Take the initiative

As registrars, we all attend many educational clinical meetings but how often do we disseminate new knowledge gained to others? Take the initiative in delivering summary educational presentations in your practice. Additionally, ask to chair practice meetings and ask for feedback on your facilitation/ presenting skills.

Present to peers

Ask your study-release course organiser to create opportunities to prepare presentations to your peers. This is a great way to try out different presenting styles in a friendly environment.

Form a study group

Many registrars form study groups to help prepare for the applied knowledge test and clinical skills assessment. Peer-to-peer teaching is not only a great way to learn, but also to improve teaching skills.

Ask for feedback

During ST3 we continually get feedback on our consulting styles. So in the same way, when delivering an educational session, arrange for ‘peer-review’ through direct observation or video-recording. Ask for feedback on your teaching style and reflect on ways to improve your teaching skills.

Teach a student

If your practice also has medical students, ask to be allocated time-protected teaching sessions with them. Additionally, suggest helping your trainer with organising the student’s weekly timetable – as a near-peer you may be able to offer ideas from a different perspective.

Enrol onto a teaching course

Consider enrolling onto a basic teaching skills course. These are usually run regularly by the local deanery or university.

Look for medical school opportunities

Sign up for more formal educational opportunities at the local medical school – this may be through OSCE examining, admission interviewing or becoming a student mentor. You will usually need to attend training courses for these through the university.

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