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GMC advises doctors as teachersBMA calls for alternative medicine to be regulatedTories want doctors to have more training in general practiceDefence medical services are declining

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7221.1375 (Published 20 November 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1375

GMC advises doctors as teachers

The General Medical Council has issued new guidance on doctors' educational obligations. The doctor as teacher emphasises the responsibilities of all doctors to contribute to medical training.

The guidance says that all doctors should be prepared to oversee the work of less experienced colleagues and must make sure that students and junior doctors are properly supervised. Teaching skills can be learnt and doctors who take special responsibilities for teaching should ensure that they develop and maintain the skills of a competent teacher.

The GMC lists the professional and personal attributes of doctors with responsibility for training and supervision. The professional attributes include an ability to communicate effecively; team working in a multiprofessional environment; and an understanding of multicultural issues. The personal attributes include a personal commitment and an enthusiasm for their specialty; an understanding of the principles of education as applied to medicine and of research method; practical teaching skills; a commitment to audit and peer review of their teaching; the ability to use formative assessment …

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