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Student-centred GP ambassadors: Perceptions of experienced clinical tutors in general practice undergraduate training.

Von Below B, Haffling AC, Brorsson A, Mattsson B, Wahlqvist M - Scand J Prim Health Care (2015)

Bottom Line: Experienced GP tutors describe their skills as a clinical tutor as complex and diversified.A strong professional identity within general practice is vital and GP tutors describe themselves as ambassadors to general practice, essential to the process of recruiting a new generation of general practitioners.Leaders of clinical education and health care planners must understand the complexity in a clinical tutor's assignment and provide adequate support, time, and resources in order to facilitate a sustainable tutorship and a good learning environment, which could also improve the necessary recruitment of future GPs.

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Affiliation: Department of Public Health and Community Medicine/Primary Health Care, The Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg , Gothenburg , Sweden.

ABSTRACT

Objective: To explore experienced general practitioner (GP) tutor perceptions of a skilled GP tutor of medical students.

Design: Interview study based on focus groups.

Setting: Twenty GPs experienced in tutoring medical students at primary health care centres in two Swedish regions were interviewed.

Method: Four focus-group interviews were analysed using qualitative content analysis.

Subjects: Twenty GP tutors, median age 50, specifically selected according to age, gender, and location participated in two focus groups in Gothenburg and Malmö, respectively.

Main outcome measures: Meaning units in the texts were extracted, coded and condensed into categories and themes.

Results: Three main themes emerged: "Professional as GP and ambassador to general practice", "Committed and student-centred educator", and "Coordinator of the learning environment".

Conclusion: Experienced GP tutors describe their skills as a clinical tutor as complex and diversified. A strong professional identity within general practice is vital and GP tutors describe themselves as ambassadors to general practice, essential to the process of recruiting a new generation of general practitioners. Leaders of clinical education and health care planners must understand the complexity in a clinical tutor's assignment and provide adequate support, time, and resources in order to facilitate a sustainable tutorship and a good learning environment, which could also improve the necessary recruitment of future GPs.

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Figure 1: Categories and themes in the analysis.

Mentions: Three main themes emerged during the analysis: “Professional as GP and ambassador to general practice”; “Committed and student-centred educator”, and “Coordinator of the learning environment” (Figure 1).


Student-centred GP ambassadors: Perceptions of experienced clinical tutors in general practice undergraduate training.

Von Below B, Haffling AC, Brorsson A, Mattsson B, Wahlqvist M - Scand J Prim Health Care (2015)

Categories and themes in the analysis.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Figure 1: Categories and themes in the analysis.
Mentions: Three main themes emerged during the analysis: “Professional as GP and ambassador to general practice”; “Committed and student-centred educator”, and “Coordinator of the learning environment” (Figure 1).

Bottom Line: Experienced GP tutors describe their skills as a clinical tutor as complex and diversified.A strong professional identity within general practice is vital and GP tutors describe themselves as ambassadors to general practice, essential to the process of recruiting a new generation of general practitioners.Leaders of clinical education and health care planners must understand the complexity in a clinical tutor's assignment and provide adequate support, time, and resources in order to facilitate a sustainable tutorship and a good learning environment, which could also improve the necessary recruitment of future GPs.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Public Health and Community Medicine/Primary Health Care, The Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg , Gothenburg , Sweden.

ABSTRACT

Objective: To explore experienced general practitioner (GP) tutor perceptions of a skilled GP tutor of medical students.

Design: Interview study based on focus groups.

Setting: Twenty GPs experienced in tutoring medical students at primary health care centres in two Swedish regions were interviewed.

Method: Four focus-group interviews were analysed using qualitative content analysis.

Subjects: Twenty GP tutors, median age 50, specifically selected according to age, gender, and location participated in two focus groups in Gothenburg and Malmö, respectively.

Main outcome measures: Meaning units in the texts were extracted, coded and condensed into categories and themes.

Results: Three main themes emerged: "Professional as GP and ambassador to general practice", "Committed and student-centred educator", and "Coordinator of the learning environment".

Conclusion: Experienced GP tutors describe their skills as a clinical tutor as complex and diversified. A strong professional identity within general practice is vital and GP tutors describe themselves as ambassadors to general practice, essential to the process of recruiting a new generation of general practitioners. Leaders of clinical education and health care planners must understand the complexity in a clinical tutor's assignment and provide adequate support, time, and resources in order to facilitate a sustainable tutorship and a good learning environment, which could also improve the necessary recruitment of future GPs.

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