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FSP Training Site and Supervisor Handbook

For supervisors

Develop a teaching plan

Last revised: 04 Aug 2023

Develop a teaching plan

The registrar’s primary supervisor is responsible for ensuring that the registrar receives their mandated teaching time (educational supervision), whether from them or another member of the supervisory team. Educational supervision time is remunerated for the supervisor.

The mandated teaching time for each level of registrar is:

  • 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. 

Activities may include:

  • planned case discussions during and at the end of the day
  • group teaching sessions with other registrars and students
  • procedural skills education
  • cultural education
  • provision of feedback
  • completion of assessments
  • evaluation of teaching.

Some scheduled sessions should be one-on-one teaching that addresses your registrar's individual learning needs, for example, observation of consultations, review of medical records, feedback, assessment and critical incident review.

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.

Not all scheduled teaching sessions need to be delivered by the primary supervisor. For example, a registrar with learning needs in the initial management of diabetes might sit in with a diabetes educator for an initial consultation with a patient recently diagnosed with diabetes.

How each training site coordinates the provision of teaching will reflect the number and type of learners and educators at the site. In larger practices, it is particularly useful to have a calendar of scheduled teaching activities – a teaching plan – that is used to record delivered education, required assessment activities, and activities planned to address an identified learning need.