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Specialist registrars’ views on their teaching role
  1. Taruna Bindal (rano_bindal{at}
  1. Russells Hall Hospital, United Kingdom
    1. David Wall
    1. West Midlands Deanery, United Kingdom
      1. Helen Goodyear
      1. West Midlands Deanery, United Kingdom


        This study looks at whether UK specialist registrars (SpRs) are involved in teaching and meeting their educational obligations. A questionnaire was distributed to all 133 Paediatric SpRs in the region. 92% responded (122/133). All SpRs reported doing some teaching with nearly all teaching junior trainees and students. During daytime hours, 41% trainees taught for 1 hour per week but half this time at night with 21% reporting doing no teaching out of hours. 55% had formal educational training most commonly a ‘Teach the Teacher’ course. Developing SpRs as educators was felt to be best achieved through mandatory training (61%, 74) and themed regional SpR training days (61%, 74). SpRs are making an important contribution to education. Teaching competences should be included in the personal development plan of all trainees and rostered time allocated to SpRs specifically to teach.

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