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Preceptors & Students: Education & Development

Qualities & Characteristics of Effective Clinical Teachers

Students "consider preceptors excellent teachers if they love what they do, are enthusiastic about their career and convey that excitement to their learners."  p.6 Teaching in Your Office: A Guide to Instructing Medical Students and Residents

What are some qualities and characteristics of the best clinical teachers?

  • inspirational
  • enthusiasm for the topic
  • good clinician -- helps you learn from what he saw
  • treats ancillary staff well
  • gives constructive criticism
  • gives guidance through feedback
  • ability to instill confidence in the student
  • develop a rapport with the student -- start out slow and increase responsibilities as you go along
  • sets expectations at the beginning
  • able to communicate with patients on a level where the patient can understand

Teaching Tips & Resources

APGO "To the Point: Medical Education Review" Series

Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics' "To the Point: Reviews in Medical Education" series.

BMJ's "ABC of Learning and Teaching in Medicine" Series

2003 BMJ series "ABC of Learning and Teaching in Medicine:"


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