Teaching physicians to teach: a three-year report.
To meet the needs for an expanded preceptor faculty, the Department of Family Medicine at the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Rutgers Medical School has for three years conducted yearly training programs designed to prepare practicing family physicians for the teaching role. Thirty-six physicians have completed the program, which consists of four group seminars and three individual learning site visits spent in the office of an experienced preceptor while a fourth year student is present. Many lessons were learned in the course of these yearly programs which may be useful to others who plan to undertake similar faculty development activities. Therefore, detailed, practical, experiential information is presented regarding recruitment, orientation, the educational program of seminars and individual learning experiences, evaluation, and required resources. Some problems proved to be particularly difficult, such as the uneven quality of the individual learning visits and the attrition of some participants from the program. Feedback from participating physicians has been extremely positive.
Warburton, SW; Frenkel, L; Snope, FC
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