Residency

Tip of the week: Motivate faculty members

Residency Program Insider, July 27, 2010

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Faculty members who do not have a strong intrinsic motivation to teach can create challenges for program directors. These faculty members are often good educators but are inconsistent with their teaching efforts. Every faculty member benefits from periodic sessions focused on edu¬cation; remember, most physicians are not trained in educational theories. Faculty development options include:

  • Annual educational retreats
  • Individual tutoring
  • Formal reviews of the educational program
  • Committees within your department that periodically review the teaching effort and educational content of all lectures given by faculty members (this is a labor-intensive endeavor)
  • Fellowship programs


Residents should evaluate all faculty members who are a part of the teaching program. Their evaluations can give a lot of information about your faculty’s teaching skills. For example, these evaluations may indicate that a faculty member excels in teaching in the operating room but not in their didactic sessions. Use this type of reviews information. There are a variety of formats in which you can communicate knowledge to residents so decide which teaching format is most effective for each faculty member. These include didactic sessions, small group settings, discussions during hospital rounds, or demonstrations of technical skills. Keep in mind that not every faculty member will be adept at communicating well in every setting.

 

This week's tip is from The Residency Program Director's Handbook by Robert V. Higgins, MD.
 



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