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Family physicians train as teachers - an evaluation

14 Nov 2014 - 14:45

Equipping family physician trainees as teachers: a qualitative evaluation of a twelve-week module on teaching and learning: Marietjie R de Villiers, Francois J Cilliers, Francois Coetzee, Nicoline Herman, Martie van Heusden and Klaus B von Pressentin

There is a dire need to expand the capacity of institutions in Africa to educate health care professionals. Family physicians, as skilled all-rounders at district level, are potentially well placed to contribute to an extended training platform in this context. To play this role, they need to both have an understanding of their specialist role that incorporates teaching and be equipped for their role as trainers of current and future health workers and specialists. A teaching and learning capacity-building module was introduced into a new master’s programme in family medicine at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

We report on the influence of this module on graduates after the first six years.