Advanced Train the Trainer Seminars for Specialist Trainers in Hesse: Design, Implementation and Evaluation

DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2020.0062-0068

german translation / full article

Lia Pauscher, Katharina Dippell, Anne Messemaker, Armin Wunder, Felix Sebastian Wicke, Ferdinand M. Gerlach, Monika Sennekamp

Keywords: communication skills family medicine train the trainer seminars vocational training

BackgroundHigh quality patient healthcare requires good vocational training. Train the trainer (TTT) seminars for involved trainers play an important role in promoting quality. Since 2016, regular, respective introductory TTT seminars for specialist trainers have been provided and evaluated in the federal state of Hesse, Germany. So far, the evaluation of introductory TTT seminars has revealed that participants would often be interested in more advanced training in the field. Inspired by this interest, an advanced TTT seminar was developed, implemented and evaluated in Hesse. This article describes and discusses the design, implementation and evaluation results of the first advanced TTT seminars.MethodsThe development of the advanced TTT seminar was based on the results of a multi-stage needs analysis among physicians undergoing vocational training for family medicine (PSTs) and specialist trainers (STs) in 2017. A multidisciplinary team based the design of the course for the advanced TTT seminar on these results and implemented an advanced TTT seminar. A self-designed questionnaire was used to evaluate the individual elements and the seminar overall. Furthermore, a comparison was done of how participants self-assessed their role as specialist trainers before and after the seminar.ResultsOverall, 36 STs took part in the first two interactive advanced TTT seminars (questionnaire response rate = 97.2 %). Gender distribution of participants was balanced. The STs had been certified family physicians for an average of 15.7 years and had been qualified specialist trainers for an average of 10.1 years. The individual elements and the entire advanced TTT seminar were given the top grade. Two questions asking participants for self-assessments were answered significantly more positive after the seminar than before (p < 0.001).ConclusionsUsing the experiences and evaluations of needs analysis, it was possible to design a comprehensive and in-depth course for an advanced TTT seminar that was evaluated very positively overall. Needs-based planning and the interactive design of the seminar met with a positive response from STs, and would appear to make sense in future projects. Keywordsvocational training; train the trainer seminars; communication skills; family medicine

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