Experts Discuss Changes in Learning Paradigm and the Culture of Acceptance of Uncertainty
October 24, 2023 – The importance of the teaching work of tutors in the postgraduate training of Family Medicine was highlighted during a table discussion titled “The Family Medicine tutor: teaching, research, and ethics” at the 45th National Congress. The participants addressed various aspects related to training in this specialty, including the legal framework, teaching methodology, evaluation mechanisms, and welcoming new residents. Furthermore, they emphasized the challenges faced by Family Medicine tutors, particularly changes in the learning paradigm and the culture of acceptance of uncertainty.
Jesús Santianes, member of the SEMERGEN Emergency Working Group and coordinator of the Chronicity and Dependency Working Group, stressed the significance of understanding the principles of bioethics and their application in the training process. Dr. Leonor Sánchez, member of the SEMERGEN Nutrition Working Group, focused on identifying the characteristics and functions that a good Family Medicine tutor should possess.
One of the prominent topics discussed during the forum was the role of the Family Medicine tutor in research. Participants emphasized the importance of integrating research work into the specialty to ensure its development and credibility. Elena Pascual Roquet-Jalmar, a member of the SEMERGEN Ultrasound Working Group, emphasized that research should be considered a paradigm of professional excellence in Family Medicine. The ATM model (advisor-tutor-resident) was proposed as a means to incorporate research into the training stage, with the SEMERGEN Foundation’s Research Agency serving as a guide and facilitator.
The insights and discussions from this table discussion highlighted the evolving nature of the learning paradigm in Family Medicine and the need for tutors to embrace a culture of acceptance of uncertainty. The role of tutors in fostering research and promoting professional excellence was also underscored. These discussions will likely shape the future of Family Medicine training and contribute to advancing the field.