October 1990

The Good and Effective Teacher as Perceived by Pediatric Residents and by Faculty

Author Affiliations

From the Division of General Pediatrics, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, and the Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto (Ontario).

Am J Dis Child. 1990;144(10):1106-1110. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1990.02150340050022

During the past 10 years, there has been considerable pressure to improve the quality of medical education and the quality of our teaching and learning in university medical programs. There has been a great increase in medical knowledge and in medical technology with higher expectations of students, both undergraduate and postgraduate. There are higher expectations for the physician in areas of personal qualities, such as physicianpatient communication and understanding the psychosocial aspects of illness. In 1984, a major report was prepared for the Association of Medical Colleges—Physicians for the Twenty-First Century,1 which dealt with a number of issues involving undergraduate medical education. Rather than simply acquiring factual knowledge, medical students need to acquire the following professional skills of a physician: problem solving and critical thinking, independent self-directed learning, and communication skills. At the same time, the report also recommended that faculty development programs be established to help faculty

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