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Ramesh Mehay
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22 Mar 2012 1846195934 978-1846195938 1

*Winner of Paul Freeling Award (Royal College of General Practitioners)*

The much anticipated practical educational manual for trainers, programme directors and other educators in primary carehas finally arrived! This extensive, full-colour guide is written by a select group of hands-on educators who are passionate and knowledgeable. The book captures their wisdom and vast experience in an accessible and practical way. Beautifully presented, the chapters cover a wide educational framework employing a variety of presentational methods such as flowcharts, diagrams, conversational pieces, scenarios and anecdotes.

For more detailed information, further reading and practical tools to aid implementation, each chapter has a corresponding webpage containing over 300 additional resources.

Specifically designed for General Practitioner Trainers, Training Programme Directors, Associate Programme Directors, Associate Postgraduate Deans and Postgraduate Deans world-wide, The Essential Handbook for GP Training and Education adopts a relaxed, personable approach to primary care education that won’t leave you with a headache. General Practitioner Appraisers, Foundation Year Trainers and all medical and nursing student educators, too, will find the detailed, comprehensive explorations inspirational.


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  • Paperback: 536 pages
  • Publisher: Radcliffe Publishing Ltd; 1 edition (22 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846195934
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846195938
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 18.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Among the topics it covers are the fundamentals of teaching and educational theories, group dynamics in teaching programs, how to interact with patients, and special considerations such as graduates with disabilities or other difficulties in the training program. This is a most valuable book for any clinician involved in training younger clinicians.' --

Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences), US

About the Author

Ramesh Mehay is Training Programme Director at the Bradford GP Training Scheme and GP Trainer at Ashcroft Surgery, Bradford, UK

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Why is it the best book? Lots of reasons and I simply love this book! Although it's a chunky book it is full of practical and theoretical material. Everything in it is just so simple and clear. The no-nonsense language helps you understand the material straight away and I love the colourful pictures, diagrams and flowcharts which (as they say) helps the material come alive. There's so much wisdom in this book (probably because so many people have contributed to it). And, incredibly, there's a website which goes with the book, hosting even more resources.

This is the first time in General Practice that I have seen a book which is so absorbing that you can't help but keep picking it up - a bit like a really good novel which draws you in. This one has rekindled my excitement for GP training. A remarkable project and thank you to all the authors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why didn't this exist before now? 9 July 2012
As a trainer and course organiser this book is brilliant in condensing educational theory and then demonstrating different ways to use it in preparation, delivery and evaluation of learning sessions for both individual trainee sessions and group sessions. The format is easy to read, loads of pictures, some injection of humour to lighten material and divided into easy to read chapters and chunks. I only wish I'd had it 5 years ago.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book 24 Sep 2012
By katie
If you're a trainee or an educator I don't think there could be a more readable resource out there. The way this book is written is as if you were talking to a friend of colleague and that is what makes it so unique. You can dip in and out of it easily and it encourages you to ask the obvious and not feel 'daft'. It explains things in a way that navigates around all the jargon that can sometimes seem to get in the way in most of the other literature about medical education. Some of the best features of the book are the top tips, the brilliant charts and illustrations, and the fact that each chunk offers signposts to other useful and relevant parts of the book as well as some good online resources. A superbly written book and one that is a must for the practice library. Thanks to Ramesh and the team of brilliant educators for having the passion and enthusiasm to produce this massive piece of work which has certainly already helped me each time I've dipped into it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why did no one write this book before?! 7 May 2013
By Dr A
The writers of this book have thought of just about everything. This is the most comprehensive guide to GP training I've ever come across, written in a style which is readable, accessible and which even makes the dull bits fun. It's an absolute MUST to anyone thinking of GP training and probably has lots of useful info even for those who have been training for years. I also REALLY like the on-line resources for each chapter, with loads of more lateral explorations and deeper insights. Great work, well done :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide 8 May 2013
This book is a comprehensive but very easily readable guide to GP training and medical education in general. It gives clear outlines about educational theory and explains how it applies in practice. It is particularly good on work based assessment, competences and how to support failing trainees. I have recommended to trainers and participants on a Masters level medical education course.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book 28 Jun 2014
Accessible and comprehensive. The website which accompanies is an extremely useful addition, helping to keep things up to date and giving fantastic tools to use. Will help you as a learner as well as an educator. Not rammed full of detail but plenty of references to read further if that's what you need.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why you need this book 10 July 2012
By Paul
If you're a GP educator and didn't do nMRCGP yourself then this book is what it says in the title; Essential. There are many other good books for GP trainers and educators out there, but this is the first one that draws the aspects of workplace based assessment, educational supervision and all the other requirements of new MRCGP together, with clear and practical guidance of how to deliver this in your own practice. The editor is to be congratulated on getting all the experts in different areas to contribute their individual chapters and, if it's not covered in the book, then there are extra web chapters available - I particularly valued the one on information mastery. If you only buy one book for your practice library, get this one.
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By redway
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This book is fantastic! It contains all the information a GP trainer could want. It even makes educational theory interesting. It has a great layout with plently of pictures and top tips. An ideal book for someone like me who finds most GP training books heavy going.
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