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1st Edition

Making Sense of Clinical Teaching
A Hands-on Guide to Success

Edited By

Samy Azer

ISBN 9781444144123
Published April 26, 2013 by CRC Press
238 Pages

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Book Description

Are you new to clinical teaching and looking for practical advice? Would you like to challenge and improve your current teaching style? Do you want to direct change in teaching practice within a department or institution?

If your answer to any of the above is yes, then Making Sense of Clinical Teaching is the resource for you. It offers the novice and more experienced teacher concise advice in how to pinpoint and build upon existing strengths, address areas where confidence is lacking, develop mentoring skills, challenge existing practice, and influence strategic developments. Making Sense of Clinical Teaching will enable you to:

  • Add new skills to your teaching repertoire
  • Stimulate your creative thinking
  • Challenge current practice and facilitate the development of new strategies
  • Improve your coaching and mentoring skills and ultimately meet the needs of your students and improve their learning experience

Table of Contents

Be committed to your work
Focus on the educational needs of your students
Work with passion
Uphold professional values
Be enthusiastic about clinical teaching and learning

Encourage an open and trusting environment

Create a climate of trust
Encourage students to learn from their mistakes
Help students redefine failure as a learning experience
Accept uncertainty in medicine
Be accessible/available to students

Interact and communicate with respect

Communicate effectively with others
Encourage input from others and give credit for contribution
Act with integrity
Provide a model of professional ethical standards
Show a caring attitude

Motivate students and co-workers

Motivate your students to achieve their goals
Monitor the progress of your students
Motivate your co-workers
Have a good sense of humor

Encourage and appreciate diversity

Do not stereotype or speak negatively of others
Nurture and encourage diversity
Seek and encourage understanding of and respect for people of diverse backgrounds
Enforce equal opportunities in day-to-day practices
Maintain positive relationships with students

Bring a wide range of skills and talents to teaching

Use a wide range of teaching/learning approaches
Stimulate higher order thinking skills
Present difficult concepts comprehensibly
Encourage appropriate evidence to a critique
Teach memorably
Model a close doctor-patient relationship
Use education in community development

Foster critical thinking

Teach students how to think, not what to think
Explore with probing questions
Discuss ideas in an organized fashion
Help students to focus on key issues
Train students to think strategically

Encourage creative work

Motivate students to create new ideas
Foster innovations and new approaches
Show enthusiasm for creative ideas

Emphasize teamwork

Encourage students to work in groups
Encourage collaborative and inter-professional learning
Encourage links at national and international levels in education

Provide positive feedback

Listen to your students and discover their educational needs
Value students; never belittle them
Provide constructive feedback and formative assessment
Help and support your students to grow
Teach your students how to monitor their own progress

Seek continually to improve your teaching skills

Seek to learn and incorporate new skills
Seek feedback and criticism
Keep up to date in your specialty
Use technology to facilitate teaching and learning
Monitor your progress

Demonstrate leadership in teaching

Contribute to course design and structure
Contribute to publications on education
Develop self-development in an education context
Demonstrate creativity in teaching strategies
Be committed to professional development
Share in managing changes in curriculum and educational needs

Contribute to appreciate the value of research

Use evidence-based teaching in enhancing clinical teaching skills
Contribute to research in clinical education
Encourage students to undertake research and publish their work

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Samy A. Azer, Professor of Medical Education, Chair of the Medical Education Research & Development Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia

Visiting Professor of Medical Education, School of Medicine, University of Toyama, Japan