- 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.
- 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.
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