is head of department of Family Medicine and vice dean of Medical Faculty in Ljubljana, Slovenia
I am a family medicine academic from a country with a low GDP that is is experiencing a financial crisis. I have decided not to complain about being in this unenviable position, but to share with you my experiences of one of the most challenging and rewarding activities - teacher of family medicine.
For more than fifteen years I have been teaching basic research skills for family doctors. My audiences are usually made up of family medicine trainees in my country. The aim of the module we are running is simple: make the learners write a proposal of a research project they would conduct themselves over the next year or two. They have to come up with an idea of their own and think of a methodology. After that, they are assigned a tutor to help them to finish this task.
The most challenging session is the first one. This is where we ask them to come up with a good idea, based on a problem they have encountered in practice - one that has made them think. They often come up with ideas that are strange, sometimes even foolish. ...continue reading