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This document has been peer reviewed by Fellows of the RACP to help you find high quality CPD resources on teaching.
Updated October 2017.
Resources are categorised by type:
Key organisations & websites
Professional development in Teaching
Physicians’ teaching roles extend to the education of their students, patients, trainees, colleagues, other health professionals and the community.
Key behaviours/areas include:
- Providing a level of supervision appropriate to individual junior staff members
- Regularly using clinical encounters as an opportunity for teaching others
- Providing regular constructive feedback without personalising the issue
- Seeking feedback from students and junior doctors regarding teaching style and abilities, and providing feedback to others
You can learn a lot about teaching from your peers:
- Join or start a local teaching and learning group
- Talk to your local expert teacher
- Find a mentor
For further information on patterns of behaviour and behaviour markers in the area of teaching please refer to the SPPP Guide.
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1. Key Organisations & Websites
Useful as a starting point and overview of current work in this
Mededworld: Medical Education Resources
Mededworld offers a range of resources for teaching purposes, including video clips about Medical Education, information about a wide range of medical education courses and workshops, information about upcoming AMEE Essential Skills in Medical Education (ESME) and the database of PhD-level and Master's level courses.
University of Western Australia: Teaching on the Run Tips
These 14 tips cover a wide range of clinical teaching topics. The tips incorporate educational theory, practical information and ideas for implementation. Each topic is of high interest to doctors who are teaching in their practice. The Teaching on the Run Tips series has been published in the Medical Journal of Australia.
University College London Medical School: Teaching Resources
A collection of resources gathered by the University College London, which may be useful to help you develop your teaching skills and to further your interest in medical education.
Useful for brief overviews of topics and recent developments
Practicaldoc Teaching Videos
This Canadian website provides concise, high-quality teaching tools for busy clinicians responsible for supervising trainees and medical students. It includes effective, time-efficient teaching videos.
Useful for in depth, structured learning
London Deanery: e-Learning Resources
This series of open access short modules covers core topics in clinical teaching and learning. They have been developed to inform and support the professional development of clinical teachers. On completion of a module, a certificate can be printed out for your own records or portfolio.
Supervisor Professional Development Program
The RACP offers three workshops as part of the Supervisor Professional Development Program that will be facilitated by trained, leading facilitators throughout Australia and New Zealand. You can check the schedule and register for a workshop here.
High Professional Teaching Skills - Level 1 - Foundational
This is a free online introductory course to the foundational areas of teaching and learning for health professional teachers. The content of the course is designed to be directly applied to teaching context and practice. Browse the EDX website for a range of other free online courses to suit your needs.
Coursera offers a wide range of online courses. Courses which may be of particular interest to Physicians include Teaching and Assessing Clinical Skills and Learning How to Learn.
Useful for implementing what you have learned in your daily practice
Tools for Teaching
The University of Arizona's Department of Medicine provides a range of 'tools for teaching' on their website, including teaching guides, tips feedback guides and additional resources.
5. Key Journals
Useful for keeping up to date with research and finding out more on
The journal addresses the needs of teachers and administrators throughout the world involved in training for the health professions.
Academic Medicine is a peer-reviewed medical journal with a focus on education and training issues, health and science policy, management and clinical practice in academic settings.
6. Recommended Reading
Useful for keeping up to date with research and finding out more on
London Deanery: Clinical Teaching Made Easy
Scrolling down this page will take you to Clinical teaching made easy, a series of articles that covers the essentials of workplace-based teaching and training. The series has been published in the British Journal of Hospital Medicine over the course of 2009/2010.
Warwick University: Medical Doctors as Teachers
A short report from the British Medical Association on the role of medical doctors as teachers. The report is from 2006 but this remains a useful guide to understand the complexity and the multifaceted role of doctors as teachers.
London Deanery: Workplace Learning Environment in Postgraduate Medical Training
A useful guide on the workplace learning environment in postgraduate medical training from NACT UK (membership association for those involved in organising postgraduate training for doctors).
Learning theory: models, product and process
A review of common learning models curated by infed, a not-for-profit site provided by the YMCA George Williams College.
Contemporary theories of learning: learning theorists- in their own words
A collection of some of the most influential learning theorists. It collects chapters that explain both the complex frameworks in which learning takes place and the specific facets of learning, such as the acquisition of learning content, personal development, and the cultural and social nature of learning processes.
Sargeant, J., Lockyer, J., et al. (2015) Facilitated and Reflective Performance Feedback: Developing an Evidence-and-Theory-Based Model That Builds Relationship, Explores Reactions and Content, and Coaches for Performance Change (R2C2). Academic Medicine, 90(12).
The authors of this report developed and conducted the theory- and evidence-based reflective R2C2 Facilitated Model, to help physicians in facilitating their reflection on and use of formal performance assessment feedback.
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