Medical school teaching is a skill that is very often learned on the job. The faculty comprised of researchers and clinicians are expert in many biomedical disciplines, but familiarity with learning theories and pedagogy are usually not included in their knowledge and skill sets. The standards set by accrediting agencies coupled with faculty attrition rates requires efforts to focus on novice educators early in the process.
The session will include a number of topics that can be used to start junior faculty on the correct path to becoming effective medical educators. Each topic will cover resources and tools to make the first teaching encounters positive experiences for the teacher and the learners. Some of the topics to be covered are:
- Identifying a mentor
- Becoming familiar with the goals and objectives of the institution
- Learning about the institutions teaching resources
- Striving to become engaged in the course
- Selecting a pedagogy that fits the learner and you