Resident Doctors’ Understanding of their Roles as Clinical Teachers

Elizabeth H Morrison, Johanna F Shapiro & Miriam Harthill

Key professional organisations have recently emphasised the importance of resident doctors as teachers and role models who impart critical professional values to both students and peers. The intense distress that some resident teachers report experiencing while balancing multiple clinical and teaching demands may alter their ability to supervise learners safely and effectively. Although many residency programmes now offer their residents teaching skills improvement programmes, we do not know how such programmes may affect residents’ roles as teachers, clinical supervisors and role models.

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