Financial benefits to registrars as educators

INVOLVING GP registrars in the education of interns and medical students could reduce the costs incurred by teaching practices, a new study has revealed.

Experts have warned, though, the expectations of patients and the profession would have to be carefully managed for such approaches to work.

The University of Adelaide study, published online at BioMed Central, said vertically integrated teaching was the key to increasing the net financial outcome for a teaching practice.

The study estimated a practice stood to save about $551 per week if a registrar was involved in vertically integrated teaching which included the training of a medical student.

However, National General Practice Supervisor’s Association chair Dr John Emery said he had doubts about the costings used as the basis of the study and the practicality of the three models proposed in the study. 

“There is no mention of the quality of teaching, nor how