April 1994

A Program to Develop Residents as Teachers

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester.

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1994;148(4):405-410. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1994.02170040071012

Residents are recognized as important and influential teachers of medical students. Although they are expected to teach and evaluate students, few residents have been taught how, and most would like to receive training to develop and improve their skills as teachers. We developed a "Residents as Teachers" retreat based on our faculty development program for clinical preceptors. We focused on clinical precepting skills, including evaluation/feedback, and the ability to prepare and deliver a brief presentation. The program increased knowledge and skills and improved attitudes about teaching, as reflected in self-reports, observed performance, and medical student ratings. The retreat also provided a valuable social experience for residents. The program has been considered beneficial by residents, program faculty members, medical students, the student clerkship director, and the residents' primary care preceptors. The retreats form the centerpiece of our curriculum for residents as teachers and have become an annual tradition in the residency program.

(Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1994;148:405-410)