Who teaches the teachers?
- By: Anika Singanayagam
Most clinical learning opportunities for medical students come sporadically while on the wards or in theatre. Students are always grateful when a doctor takes time to offer teaching. We all understand that busy doctors’ rotas do not schedule much time for teaching commitments.
We have all felt that frustration of hanging around on the ward or in theatre for someone to even acknowledge you, let alone teach you. It can feel like a waste of your time, and you feel you are in the way. Why do doctors forget what it is like to be a student, and are we all destined to become this way?
The UK General Medical Council’s Principles of Professional Medical Practice state that “doctors have teaching responsibilities to colleagues, patients, and their relatives. They must develop the skills, attitudes, and practices of a competent teacher.” Bearing this in mind should doctors have to go on