Blog | Friday, June 10, 2016

Tips for clinician-educators--give them their money's worth

Medical students pay exorbitant amounts for their schooling in the U.S. They deserve the highest quality teaching. They deserve well trained clinical teachers.

Many years ago I began asking the students if they received their money's worth on rounds or in conferences. This question does 2 things. First, the students know that I am trying to provide a return on their investment. Perhaps more important, the question reminds me that I owe them my best teaching. They do not owe me anything, they have already paid dearly.

How do we convince medical educators that we owe all learners our best every day? If you believe this, then you then must learn to be a better educator.

Being a good physician does not make one a good educator. We need to cultivate our clinician educators. Given the tuition that schools receive, should they not invest in the medical education process?

If you teach medical students, ask yourself: Are you giving them your money's worth? Ask yourself if you can do a better job. Make this a priority. They deserve our best.

db is the nickname for Robert M. Centor, MD, FACP. db stands both for Dr. Bob and da boss. He is an academic general internist at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, and is the Regional Associate Dean for the Huntsville Regional Medical Campus of UASOM. He still makes inpatient rounds over 100 days each year. This post originally appeared at his blog, db's Medical Rants.