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Ask the expert: How can program directors motivate faculty to be better teachers?

Residency Program Insider, August 26, 2008

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Faculty members who do not have a strong, intrinsic motivation to teach medicine can be a challenge for program directors. Often, these faculty members are good educators with a lot of valuable information to share with residents; however, their teaching methods and efforts are inconsistent.

Remember, most faculty members do not have formal training in educational theories, so faculty development workshops are an excellent way to help them hone their skills. Faculty development options include:

  • Annual educational retreats
  • Individual tutoring
  • Formal reviews of the educational program
  • Committees within your department that review the teaching effort and education content of all lectures given by faculty members
  • Fellowship programs

Today’s question and answer come from The Residency Program Director’s Handbook by Robert V. Higgins, MD.



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