Methods for optimising clinical teaching for medical students were discussed during the latest Grand Rounds at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q).

Dr Todd Simon, designated Institutional Officer at NewYork Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, led a discussion that explored key traits of good teachers, different categories of learners, and the principles of adult learning theory. He emphasised the importance for faculty to continually reflect upon their teaching methods and classroom experiences, and to seek out and emulate accomplished teachers and best teaching practices.

Speaking at WCM-Q to an audience of physicians, pharmacists, nurses and allied health professionals, Dr Simon said that emulating good teachers and their practices is a very effective way to optimise learning outcomes.

Most effective clinical teachers have an organised, planned approach, systematic teaching practices, are very good at summarizing information, and demonstrate a high degree of knowledge and competence. Not only this, but the best teachers are also respectful, friendly, and are enthusiastic about their subject and about teaching. That enthusiasm is very stimulating and engaging for students.’

Dr Simon then explained that learners in clinical medicine settings can be categorised into four groups: reporters, who are adept at gathering data by taking a patient’s history and conducting a physical exam; interpreters, who are good at assimilating that data and developing a differential diagnosis; managers, who can gather data, interpret it and also develop diagnostic and treatment plans; and educators, who can do all of the above and also teach the concept to other learners.

Dr Simon said that once you have categorized your learner, you can most effectively help them to progress by teaching to their level.

The lecture, titled Teaching Medicine: Adding Struts to the Goo, was accredited locally by the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners-Accreditation Department (QCHP-AD) and internationally by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

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