How to make the trainee train the trainer.

Joachim Froelund Hansen, Martine Granek-Catarivas, Jáchym Bednář

Keywords: Upward feedback; Reverse feedback


A poor evaluation after ending training in general practice, where the trainee expresses needs for other or different training opportunities, assessment or feedback, will not benefit that particular trainee. Therefore, at the workshop, the aim is, through discussion and collaboration, to discover ways of letting the trainee give feedback to the trainer during the training period and thus not only being able to change the learning environment while training but also at the same time training the trainer.


The form will be a group discussion using the 'Snowball method'. Thus, in a dynamic and interactive environment, we aim to bring the participants' meanings and ideas on how to make feedback from trainees to trainers work in a clinical setting forward.
The areas in focus will be:
1. What should the feedback contain, and what are the challenges and difficulties?
2. Building a safe learning environment, what should we focus on?
3. The practicalities. How could feedback from the trainee to the trainer occur (Fixed questions, Ono-to-one feedback, when and how often, written/oral, mandatory or not and any other inputs from the participants)?

The session will last 75 minutes.
There will be a 10-minute introduction and 5 minutes of rounding up. The remaining 60 minutes will be used on the three discussion points as suggested above.

Expected Outcomes:

The outcome will be concrete ideas to bring home and hopefully implement in the participants' work life. Thus, the workshop will contribute to a learning environment where not only the GP-trainee is trained to become an excellent GP but also where the GP trainer is being trained to become an even more excellent trainer.

Points for discussion:

How would training the trainer work in your own context?

How could training the trainer be implemented in your own context?

What are the main obstacles and how can you work around them?


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