Educating others is a central role of the clinician. Hippocrates placed a doctor's role as a teacher before that of clinician in his oath. The General Medical Council (GMC) in its publication The doctor as a teacher states that:
"All doctors have a professional obligation to contribute to the education and training of other doctors, medical students and non-medical healthcare professionals on the team."
Good medical practice sets out the principles and values on which good practice is founded and includes, as one of the duties of all doctors, a willingness to contribute to teaching of other doctors and students. It also makes clear that doctors involved in teaching "must develop the skills, attitudes and practices of a competent teacher".
This tutorial is, therefore, designed to assist you in meeting this professional 'obligation' to teach by providing an insight into the roles of a clinical teacher. It considers recent trends in medical education and provides guidance on how to develop approaches to teaching and learning to ensure that the teaching you provide is of good quality.
When you have completed this tutorial you will:
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of the roles of the clinical teacher
- have an understanding of recent trends in medical education
- discuss how these trends have influenced the delivery of teaching and learning
- be equipped with the theory of how to develop good quality teaching sessions
- understand the principles of adult learning
- understand the skills of a competent teacher in the clinical setting.
Last updated August 2019.