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Teachers at a British medical school

Finucane, P., Hayes, T. and Allery, Lynne ORCID: 2009. Teachers at a British medical school. Medical Teacher 14 (4) , pp. 275-282. 10.3109/01421599209018845

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Clinical teachers' attributes, beliefs and attitudes to teaching were measured by mailing a questionnaire to a 50% sample of staff at a British medical school. This paper describes the attributes of the 80% who responded. The majority (83%) were male and females were particularly under-represented in the upper echelons of academia. Most (57%) taught at least once weekly, though 20% taught less often than once a month. The 41% who were primarily NHS employees were as active in teaching as those employed by the University. Small group teaching was most frequently undertaken by 73%, though 17% (who were more likely to be University employees) most often lectured. Only 19% of teachers had attended a course in medical education in the previous 5 years—these were more likely to have qualified relatively recently and to be University employees. Few (9%) teachers claimed membership of a medical education society. It is hoped that these findings will stimulate debate on how medical school teachers are selected, how they can be helped to improve their teaching performance and how their enthusiasm for teaching can be fostered.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
ISSN: 0142-159X
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 08:34

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