Teaching time requirements
Teaching time by supervisors 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.
How each training site coordinates the provision of teaching will reflect the number and type of learners and educators at the site. A teaching plan includes:
Practices, especially those with multiple registrars and/or supervisors, may find it useful to keep a calendar or chart to display activities each week. This will also act as a prompt to plan at least a week ahead. Required assessment activities can be scheduled well ahead of time.
- a calendar of scheduled teaching activities
- required assessment activities
- activities planned to address an identified learning need
- records of completed teaching activities.