Clinical teachers working in primary care: what would they like changed in the medical school?

Hawken, Susan J., Henning, Marcus A., Pinnock, Ralph, Shulruf, Boaz, and Bagg, Warwick (2011) Clinical teachers working in primary care: what would they like changed in the medical school? Journal of Primary Health Care, 3 (4). pp. 298-306.

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Abstract

INTRODUCTION: General practitioners (GPs) working as clinical teachers are likely to influence medical students' level of community-based learning. This paper aimed to ascertain clinical teachers' views in relation to The University of Auckland about their clinical learning environment.

METHOD: A total of 34 clinical teachers working in primary care contributed to this study. To gauge their level of involvement in teaching and learning, the clinical teachers were asked about issues such as their confidence, available time, sufficient clinical learning opportunities, clear learning objectives to teach students and what they would like changed.

FINDINGS: The GPs appeared confident, felt there were sufficient learning opportunities for students and that their students were part of the team. Less experienced teachers expressed less confidence than more experienced peers. There was some hesitancy in terms of coping with time and feedback. Some clinical teachers were unclear about the learning objectives presented to students.

CONCLUSION: Several issues that emerged--including available time and financial rewards--are difficult to resolve. Curriculum and selection are evolving issues requiring constant monitoring and alignment with increasing numbers of students studying medicine, increased ethical awareness, more diverse teaching systems and more advanced technologies. Non-faculty clinicians need adequate representation on curriculum committees and involvement in clinical education initiatives. Issues of cultural competency and professional development were raised, suggesting the need for more established links between university and GPs.

Item ID: 27642
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1172-6156
Keywords: primary health care; clinical teaching; general practitioners
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2013 05:11
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920501 Child Health @ 100%
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