Become a CCrISP® Instructor

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The CCrISP® course is designed to advance the practical, theoretical and personal skills necessary for the care of the critically ill surgical patients. This course is delivered by a multidisciplinary faculty of surgeons, anaesthetists, intensivists and emergency physicians and involves lectures, skills and simulated patient based learning.

Eligibility criteria

Experienced clinicians interested in teaching CCrISP® are welcome to apply to become a CCrISP instructor.

  • Vocationally trained specialist, provisional Fellow or senior accredited trainee (SET3+) in the disciplines of surgery, anaesthetics, intensive care medicine, emergency medicine or peri-operative medicine.
  • Minimum level of seniority is Postgraduate Year 5 (PGY5).
  • Demonstrated interest and experience in clinical teaching and acute surgical hospital care.
  • Supports the objectives and principles of the CCrISP® program.
  • Prepared to observe an entire CCrISP® course.
  • Prepared to attend an Instructor Course.

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Benefits of involvement

  • An enjoyable and rewarding teaching experience, with an opportunity to undertake formal instructional training on a CCrISP® instructor course
  • Accrue continuing professional development points (1 point per hour for RACS CPD)
  • Meet and interact with colleagues from other disciplines in a collegiate and sociable setting
  • Appreciate the multidisciplinary approach to surgical critical care
  • Update personal knowledge and understanding of critical care issues
  • Interact and develop rapport with trainees
  • Participants benefit from the quality of experience and expertise of the course faculty
  • Opportunity to develop personal educational skills
  • Airfares, accommodation and meals incurred during formal training process and ongoing course involvement covered by the College for interstate courses

CCrISP® Instructor course

CCrISP® Instructor courses are run by the College to facilitate the training of faculty for CCrISP® courses. The instructor course covers various aspects of teaching based on contemporary educational principles.

In 2015, three Instructor courses are scheduled:

  • I023, 29-31 May 2015, RACS, Melbourne
  • I024, 21-23 August 2015, RACS, Melbourne
  • I025, 2-4 October 2015, RACS, Melbourne

These courses address the following aspects of teaching:

  • Lesson planning
  • Giving interactive lectures
  • Small group teaching
  • Facilitating a discussion
  • Use of demonstrations
  • Practical skills teaching
  • Use of role playing
  • Mentoring and role modelling
  • Supervision, feedback and assessment
  • Managing the learner with difficulty

Instructor pathway overview

Instructor Pathway (Word 200KB) - overview of the processes required to become a qualified instructor.

Potential instructors will observe and involve themselves in all aspects of the two-and-a-half day course. There is opportunity for potential instructors to actively participate in the demonstration and practical sessions. This is the most effective way for orientating new instructors to the course program.

Potential instructors with formal instructional training, as approved by the CCrISP® subcommittee (e.g. on ATLS®/EMST) will then be eligible to teach their first course as an instructor candidate under the supervision of the course director and, following satisfactory demonstration of instructional ability, progress directly to become a qualified CCrISP® instructor.

Those without formal training are required to qualify in a CCrISP® instructors course before teaching as an instructor candidate. The instructor course aims to familiarise potential instructors with contemporary educational principles and to assist participants in developing the necessary teaching and assessment skills using the CCrISP® program for reference.

All instructors should be prepared to participate in one to two courses per year to maintain their instructor status.