What we gain from teaching Why physicians teach: giving back by paying it forward. Steinert Y et al. Medical Education 2015 49: 773-782.
What we gain from teaching
Why physicians teach: giving back by paying it forward. Steinert Y et al. Medical Education 2015 49: 773-782.
Reviewed by Ginny Randall
What was the study question?
The goal of the study was to describe what it means for physicians to teach medical students and residents in an inpatient setting.
How was the study done?
Semi-structured interviews of 15 physicians (6 from internal medicine, 3 from surgery, and 6 from pediatrics) were audiotaped at McGill University (Montreal, Canada). Each of the investigators read all the transcripts and generated codes independently. Themes were then sought across cases with attention to recurring meaning.
What were the results?
Five themes were identified that described the meaning of teaching.
What are the implications of these findings?
This study demonstrated the complexity of a physician’s motivation and joy of teaching. In particular it highlights the feeling of “teacher” as a personal identity of the physician, and the meaning of teaching as a means of “giving back.”
Editor’s note: This study’s findings are inspiring and may give us some guidance on how to recruit and retain our clinical preceptors. Are there ways that we can “remind” busy clinicians of these benefits, are there things we can do to celebrate these things? (SLB).