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, 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:
- GPT1 – minimum 3 hours (FTE) per week of which one hour must be scheduled and uninterrupted formal in-practice teaching.
- GPT2 – minimum 1.5 hours (FTE) per week of which one hour per fortnight must be scheduled and uninterrupted formal in-practice teaching.
- GPT3 – minimum 30 minutes per week of scheduled and uninterrupted formal in-practice teaching.
For part-time registrars, the expected teaching times will be reduced pro rata according to their training time. In part-time GPT1 placements, the one hour scheduled and uninterrupted teaching time should be preserved, even though the expected minimum three hours of teaching will be reduced.
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.