The challenge is to provide people who have relatively little knowledge of the subject, with the sufficient tools to respond appropriately in a situation when someone is unconscious. That's what Gert van Dijk does with humour and a suitable structure. He knows how to keep the 500 GPs on the course stimulated; he limits the theory to what is necessary for their daily practice, uses cases, shows a video so that participating GPs take on the role of eyewitnesses. He asks questions about the case, about the diagnosis, and also gives the answers that the participants gave in their homework assignments, explaining that not everyone made the correct diagnosis. He describes what the approach is in a few steps and what works and what doesn’t. He often adds in a joke in an effort to appeal to all learning styles. This is one of the reasons he scored 4.9 for his contribution to Advances and Practice, Boerhaave Nascholing’s annual two day course for GPs.

He is committed to simplicity; in the way he creates his slides, in the language he uses, (he does not like English terms) and in the specific questions he asks. What helps him is his empathy; knowing

exactly what the GPs want to learn and how to make them smile. He had help with this and made his explanations more concise which enabled him to get to the core of the subject. At the same time, the information is also interesting for participants who have more existing knowledge, because he connects to what they already know and actively challenges them using with complex cases, practical tips and by placing them in the role of eyewitness. In this way, Gert van Dijk teaches the participants, step by step, how they can diagnose the reason for a black out.