Essential Skills for a Medical Teacher book cover

Essential Skills for a Medical Teacher

An Introduction to Teaching and Learning in Medicine


Published: April 2012

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-7020-5120-3


  • Section 1 The roles and competences of a "good" teacher

    • What is a good teacher?.
    • Understanding basic educational principles.
    • Being an enthusiastic and passionate teacher
    • Knowing what works best.
    • Checking your performance as a teacher and keeping up-to-date.

    Section 2 Defining Learning outcomes

    • The need for an outcome-based approach.
    • Specifying learning outcomes and competencies.
    • Describing and communicating the learning outcomes.
    • Implementing an outcome-based approach in practice.

    Section 3 Organising the learning programme

    • What constitutes a curriculum
    • Ten questions to ask when planning a curriculum
    • Sequencing the content and the spiral curriculum.
    • Adopting a student-centred approach
    • Building learning around problems and clinical presentations
    • Using an integrated and inter-professional approach
    • Making the apprenticeship model and work-based learning more effective.
    • Building options into a core curriculum
    • Recognising the importance of the education environment.
    • Mapping the curriculum

    Section 4 Facilitating learning

    • The teachers toolkit
    • The lectures and teaching with large groups
    • Learning in small groups.
    • Independent learning
    • Teaching and learning in the clinical context
    • Simulation of the clinical experience
    • E-learning
    • Peer teaching and collaborative learning.

    Section 5 Assessing the progress of the learner

    • Six key questions to ask about assessment
    • Written and computer-based assessment
    • Clinical and performance-based assessment
    • Portfolio assessment
    • Assessment for admission to medicine and postgraduate training
    • Evaluating the curriculum

    Section 6 Today’s teacher and tomorrow’s doctors

    • The Changing Role of the Teacher

    Further reading



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