Options for trainers
There are different options if you want to become a general practice trainer.
Trainer who acts as sole trainer or who is the formal trainer of a trainers duo. The trainer is qualified and follows training. A lead trainer receives 5 points for each 3-month period that they actually work as trainer.
Both trainers are qualified and follow training. They alternately act as lead trainer for a postgraduate student. The lead trainer or both trainers attend the in-house training day.
A duo trainer (who is not the lead trainer at that moment) will receive 10 points for each year they attend training (= Module Day and Two-Day Training). They will receive 5 accreditation points for Module Day or Two-Day Training only or 0 points if they do not attend training.
Postgraduate students are supervised by the co-trainer in the practice for part of the week. Another colleague is the lead trainer. The co-trainer holds intervisions with the postgraduate student on the days that the lead trainer is absent. The lead trainer attends the in-house training day.
RGS-qualification is also mandatory for the co-trainer.
The co-trainer is welcome to attend meetings with the group supervisors. A co-trainer who never acts as lead trainer will receive 10 accreditation points per year if they attend training (= Module Day and Two-Day Training). They will receive 5 accreditation points for Module Day or Two-Day Training only or 0 points if they do not attend training.
A substitute trainer is a colleague who takes over supervision if the lead trainer is not available all week. RGS allows this substitution for up to 1/2 day per week. If this is more per week, the substitute trainer must become co-trainer and, as such, attend training. The substitute trainer does not receive accreditation points.
Registration and conditions
Want to become a trainer at the Utrecht General Practice Training Institute?
- a new step in your career
- an inspiring and instructive trainer training
- an enthusiastic and knowledgeable team of employees and mentors who offer personal support to trainers
- a pleasant and ambitious learning climate
- ability to work in accordance with the standards and guidelines of the professional group
- five years' experience as practicing general practitioner, of which 1 year in your current practice
- working in current practice for at least 50% In deviation from the national standard of at least 40% in the own practice that has applied since 1 January 2017, we apply a standard of 50%. This guarantees sufficient contact moments with the postgraduate students.
- sufficient time and attention to train postgraduate students
- willingness to learn in the areas of teaching methods and evidence based medicine
- presence in the practice of a certified assistance throughout the working week
- a certified practice
- attendance of in-house training days (every 6 weeks) and the annual two-day training
The hold is the period during which a trainer does not train a postgraduate student. This period is determined by the Utrecht General Practice Training Institute. We always have a number of trainers on hold in order to be able to place a postgraduate student in a non-regular track (such as extension, decoupling, illness, pregnancy).We try to limit the number of trainers on hold as much as possible and keep the hold as short as possible.
The following considerations play a role when determining whether a trainer will be put on hold:
- In principle, there is no hold during the first three years of being a trainer.
- The hold is determined on the basis of the total number of months that a trainer did not train postgraduate students in the past five years.
- When placing postgraduate student, trainers with the longest hold will be selected first.
- The hold applies jointly and severally (lead trainer or duo trainer).
- The period during which there is a General Military Doctor is in the practice is not counted as hold.
- A time-out or period of non-deployment at your own request does not qualify as hold.
General practice education centers on working and learning of the postgraduate student in the educational practice. The trainer is responsible for realizing a solid learning environment in their practice. Education of trainers is competency-driven.
Training day for trainersA key part of education is the in-house training day for trainers, which takes place six times a year. During the in-house training day for trainers, the trainers who are linked to one group of postgraduate students, the so-called parallel groups, get together. Education is aimed mainly at what happens in the practices, by means of reflection and exchange. There is coordination between institute education of the postgraduate students and learning in the practice. In general, a lot of work is done with material contributed by the trainers themselves, such as video recordings of intervisions.