Essential Skills for a Medical Teacher

1st Edition

An Introduction to Teaching and Learning in Medicine


  • Ronald Harden
  • Jennifer Laidlaw
  • Table of Contents

    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


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    Churchill Livingstone
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    About the authors

    Ronald Harden

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Professor Emeritus Medical Education, University of Dundee, UK; General Secretary, Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE).

    Jennifer Laidlaw

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Formerly Assistant Director, Education Development Unit, Scottish Council for Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education and the University of Dundee, Dundee, UK