Additional Resources

Below are a list of additional resources for GP supervisors:

RACGP: Supervising medical students and pre-vocational doctors in general practice

RACGP provide guidance for general practitioners supervising medical students:

This booklet is designed for use by general practitioners and the primary care team to assess their suitability and capability to take on the responsibility for supervising medical students and pre-vocational doctors.

A series of articles originally published in the Medical Journal of Australia. These practice teaching tips for busy clinicians also include hospital training, but the principles apply to supervision in the general practice setting. Each topic focuses on how the clinical environment provides enormous opportunities for effective experiential learning.

Free podcasts and videos; list of useful medical podcasts and videos from various international medical websites

Melbourne East GP Network

Have made a series of short videos:

  1. Effective supervision
  2. A student’s perspective on clinical placements
  3. Ideas for student activities when in placement
  4. Planning for increasing the student's responsibility observation to hands on, independent practice
  5. Keeping a student safe during and after a critical incident in the workplace
  6. Best practice for the clinical learning environment
  7. Supervising international students
  8. Giving feedback
  1. 4 step method of teaching from TOTR (Teaching on the run; uses hand washing as an example)
  2. The supervisor's perspective
  3. A team approach to student placements

WA Clinical Training Network

A free online eLearning package covering planning, commencing, carrying and evaluating student placements. Designed for rural and remote allied health and nursing professionals and appropriate for both experienced supervisors and those new to supervision, the course can be completed singularly or together as a whole course.

Bayside Medicare Local

Bayside Medicare Local has an online training module for practice managers with CPD points covering: Prepare key areas of your clinic; Student Activities; Patient Consent; Forms and Templates; Insurance; PIP Funding.

There are downloadable forms and templates to prepare your practice for medical students:

Practical Doc: By rural doctors for rural doctors

Calgary Cambridge: teaching and learning communication skills in medicine

These Calgary Cambridge pages are mostly derived from the work of Kurtz SM, Silverman JD, Draper J and is clearly referenced in full in the two books:

  • Kurtz SM, Silverman JD, Draper J (1998) Teaching and Learning Communication Skills in Medicine. Radcliffe Medical Press (Oxford)
  • Silverman JD, Kurtz SM, Draper J (1998) Skills for Communicating with Patients. Radcliffe Medical Press (Oxford)

Journal articles

The following articles are available on open access:

  1. Armstrong E, Parsa-Parsi R. How Can Physicians’ Learning Styles Drive Educational Planning? Academic Medicine. 2005;80(7):680-4. Based on the Kolb learning styles, the authors offer a framework for teaching.  Available from Or (It is under Article near the bottom of the page)
  2. Best J. Teaching medical students - tips from the frontline. Aust Fam Physician. 2012;41(1-2):22-4. A case study illustrates key aspects of supervising medical students in general practice. It includes a description of wave or parallel consulting. Available from
  3. DeWitt D. Incorporating medical students into your practice. Aust Fam Phys 2006; 35 (1/2): 24-26Available from
  4. Howe A. Twelve tips for community-based medical education. Medical teacher. 2002;24(1):9-12. Available from (it’s the first research article)
  5. Laurence C, Docking D, Haydon D, Cheah C. Trainees in the practice - practical issues. Aust Fam Physician. 2012;41(1-2):14-7.Describes the key aspects of patient and financial management when trainees are present in the practice and suggests solutions to potential issues. Please note that the links in the table of useful resources are not current – updated links are proved in this guidebook.  Available from