Teaching

"Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I will understand." Chinese proverb

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:

  1. Key organisations & websites
  2. Webcasts
  3. Courses
  4. Tools
  5. Key journals
  6. Recommended reading

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 area

CPD tipCPD TIP:  Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for any learning from these websites. Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

  • 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.

2. Webcasts

Useful for brief overviews of topics and recent developments

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for any learning from these webcasts in Category 5 (1 credit/hr). Download the current MyCPD Framework here.

  • 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.

3. Courses

Useful for in depth, structured learning

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for any learning from these events and courses. Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

  • 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
    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.

4. Tools

Useful for implementing what you have learned in your daily practice

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for any learning from these tools. Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

  • 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 specific topics

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for your time reading these journals in Category 5 (1 credit/hr). Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

  • Medicalteacher
    The journal addresses the needs of teachers and administrators throughout the world involved in training for the health professions.

  • Academic Medicine
    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 specific topics

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for your time spent on these readings in Category 5 (1 credit/hr). Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

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We thank A/Prof Matthew Links and Dr Tonya Kara for their contributions to the Teaching page.

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