Residents As Teachers - Teaching at the Bedside - Tip 4: Use Yourself as Role Model


Tip 4: Use yourself as an EXPLICIT role model

Remember - you have a great deal to bring to a teaching encounter: While you may wonder if you know enough to teach when you are still learning as well, there are a couple of important points to keep in mind:

As a resident, you can often be a more effective teacher than your attending because you can more easily identify with the student, point out common mistakes, provide helpful hints that were particularly useful to you, etc. It is often more difficult for experienced people to teach a concept because so much of it has become automatic or "ingrained."

The learning curve for medical school and residency training is steep. As a result, you have acquired much more knowledge than you probably realize.

Teaching at the Bedside

If something is new to you as well, you have the opportunity to teach one of the most important aspects of medicine by modeling what to do in the face of clinical uncertainty (e.g. Where do you go for information? With whom do you consult? ). This is one of the most important skills you can teach.

There is truth to the adage, "The best way to learn something is to teach something." By teaching, you are improving your own knowledge and skills so both you and the learner will benefit from the experience.

Teaching can be incredibly rewarding. It provides an opportunity to positively and profoundly impact the lives of medical students at UVA.