Whither the recognition?
- By: David S Y Chan, Aaron S Z Chan
Kids put on their best behaviour when their parents are home. Students go wild when the teacher is not in class. And we pick up litter only when someone is watching. So, do doctors only teach when they get sufficient recognition for it?
The General Medical Council states that doctors should be willing to contribute to the education of students or colleagues.1 The spectrum of attitudes that doctors harbour to teaching is by no means narrow. Some bubble with enthusiasm and are keen to use every opportunity to impart bits of medical knowledge. What may be a delightful experience for some, however, may well be a dreadful chore for others.
In an Australian questionnaire study of 101 clinicians, the main motivating factor to teach medical students seemed to be altruism.2 Some enjoyed the challenge of effective teaching and some thought it was an opportunity to represent their specialty. On the