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Clinical Education & Medical Simulation

2019, vol. 2, nr 1, January-June, p. 5–9

doi: 10.17219/cems/109323

Publication type: review article

Language: English

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Preparing the ground: Inducting and sustaining instructors for the European Trauma Course

Mike Davis1,A,B,C,D,F

1 Freelance consultant in continuing medical education, Blackpool, The United Kingdom


This paper describes the origins, structure and purposes for the instructor development programme (ID) initiated in support of the European Trauma Course (ETC) now taught throughout Europe, North Africa and recently, Brazil. The paper addresses the threefold focus for the programme: providing appropriate preparation and planning time with attendance to equipment and other logistical issues; revisiting relevant education theory to explore the why and how of ETC presentation; and the opportunity to develop a coherent sense of team membership arising from the diverse community of practice manifested among ETC instructors across Europe. The paper focuses on some of the challenges associated with group to team development and outlines some developmental strategies that emerge from a shared analysis of problematic issues in course presentation resulting from the complexity of trauma management in the clinical setting and how a course can adequately address those. The need for a systematic evaluation of instructor training is identified and possible strategies are briefly explored.

Key words

groups and teams, ETC Instructor training, programme evaluation, instructor faculty identity and performance

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