Pushing at the open door
“I might as well have stayed in bed, they don’t even know we’re here,” despaired the young medical student.
Many students languish invisible to the ever busy doctors as they hasten about their days. As a recently qualified doctor, I can sympathise with this frustration. That said, there are two sides to every story and this story is no exception.
The General Medical Council reminds us that, “Teaching, training, appraising and assessing students are important for the care of patients now and in the future. You should be willing to contribute to these activities.”1 In terms of good medical practice, therefore, we are obliged to educate our student colleagues. However, this should not be our only incentive. Teaching provides opportunities to develop and perfect communication skills. By educating, doctors can find out much about learning methods and become better learners in turn. Furthermore, good teaching inspires similar enthusiasm in our