Most teaching activities are conducted by the supervisory team and relate to the registrar’s daily case load; for example, one-on-one clinical case discussions and mentoring.
Other activities might include direct observation, case-based teaching, patient scenario discussions, joint consultations, formal teaching on specific topics, review of recorded consultations, demonstration of and participation in clinical procedures, random case analyses, small group discussions and cultural education.
Teaching time requirements
Teaching time includes both formal and informal teaching activities, and the amount of time required depends on the registrar’s stage of training:
- Year 1 (GPT1 and 2) – minimum 1 hour per fortnight of scheduled and uninterrupted time.
- Year 2 (GPT3 and 4) – minimum 1 hour per month of scheduled and uninterrupted time.
Some scheduled teaching sessions should be one-on-one that address the registrar's individual learning needs. For example, observation of consultations, review of medical records, feedback, assessment, and critical incident review.
Practice managers have the important task of ensuring time is set aside for teaching. Teaching sessions should ideally be scheduled in the first hour of a consulting session or before consulting starts in the morning. Scheduling teaching sessions at lunchtime or at the end of the day should be avoided as these times are prone to interruptions or participants running late.