Learning how to teach others
Medical students and junior doctors often have to teach fellow students and colleagues
- By: Fiona Tasker, John Rees
Teaching is an inherent part of medicine. It is important for medical students to learn and gain experience on how to teach, as you will be expected to do so when you qualify. Teaching is part of the junior doctor curriculum and you will need evidence of teaching for future job applications.
“See one, do one, teach one” is a phrase that often gets batted around in medicine. Students training to be teachers generally study the discipline for a few years: learning how to teach, making lesson plans, and learning how to communicate with small groups. Most medical students do not receive such training, however. Final year medical students will often become doctors with no formal training in teaching, and many will be expected to teach once they start work.1
In the United Kingdom, the General Medical Council states that to be a good doctor, one should teach, and medical