Train the trainer course for general practice trainers in ambulatory care: the Berlin model.GMS J Med Educ. 2020; 37(3):Doc28.GJ
Objective: Demands for a stronger competence orientation of specialty postgraduate medical training require the expansion of the didactic qualifications of those responsible for postgraduate medical training. In the context of the foundation of the Berlin competence center for postgraduate general practice training, a train the trainer basic seminar was designed together with the Berlin chamber of physicians. The seminar aims to convey formal-legal aspects in close connection with the development of didactic competences of the general practice trainers. This article presents the didactic concept, focal points and the schedule of the one-and-a-half-day seminar to be able to adapt it to one's own context. Methodology: After the seminars, participants filled out an evaluation form. The questionnaire included the subjective experiences of increased competence, the relevance of the contents, and the satisfaction with the structure and methods of the seminar. The data were analyzed descriptively. Results: Since June 2018, 46 general practice trainers have participated in one of three train the trainer seminars. 97.6% of the participants were very satisfied or satisfied with the overall seminar and felt that the timeframe was right, 92.7% would recommend the seminar to colleagues. 68.3% fully agreed that by attending the seminar they were able to improve their didactic skills, 90% were confident that they could integrate what they had learned into their work as general practice trainers. 85.4% stated that they had reflected on their role as trainers. In particular, the atmosphere, the high degree of interactivity and the protected framework for collegial exchange were positively emphasized. Conclusion: Together with the Berlin chamber of physicians, we succeeded in designing a train the trainer seminar which, on the one hand, met the needs of the general practice trainers for clarification of formal-legal questions of their further training activities and, on the other hand, allowed the further development of didactic skills. At the moment, a modular program is being planned in order to give general practice trainers the opportunity to expand their didactic competence and regularly exchange ideas with colleagues.