A registrar survival guide - Practice meetings

Attending practice meetings may be daunting for new GP registrars but they can be a valuable learning experience.

  • Be prepared

Get an agenda in advance and find out about the structure and purpose of meetings. This will help you maximise the learning potential and enable you to contribute effectively.

  • Be punctual

First impressions are important and turning up late to a practice meeting will not impress your supervisor or the practice team.


Essentials checklist
  • Good preparation.
  • An ability to interact and ask questions.
  • Confidence in sharing your work.
  • Good reflection skills.
  • Ask questions

There will always be things that you are unclear about, so do not hesitate to ask. In addition to enhancing your understanding of what is being discussed, this will also show your enthusiasm.

  • Share experiences

This is one of the few times in the working week that you will get to sit down and talk to other GPs and team members, so use it to discuss anything interesting you may have come across and bounce ideas off each other.

  • Team bonding

Interaction is the key to robust and pleasant working relationships, so use this opportunity to get to know your colleagues.

  • Present your work

If you have done any work above and beyond your normal remit, such as an audit, the practice meeting is a good opportunity to present your findings.

  • Reflection

Reflect on what you have learnt and write about it in the ePortfolio.

Remember, practice management is a key part of the GP curriculum.

Contributed by Dr Hamed Khan, a GP Registrar in Surrey

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