The Resident as Teacher (RAT) program is a joint collaborative between undergraduate and postgraduate Family Medicine whose vision is to celebrate and encourage the highest form of learning: learning how to teach.
Family Medicine residents are taught 3 modules in their first year:
- principles of clinical teaching
- how to give feedback
- teaching a micro-skill
These modules coupled with an orientation session provide the foundational knowledge needed for second-year family medicine residents to then provide teaching sessions to medical students. Residents in the RAT program provide 6 small group sessions to medical students in year 1 through 4 that centre around communication and physical examination skills, and are supported by faculty coaches who provide advice and feedback on how to improve their resident teaching skills.
The Dr. Paul Humphries Resident as Teacher Award for Teaching Excellence has been created to recognize the teaching contributions of family medicine residents.