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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 468

Feeling Connected: Technology and the Support of Clinical Teachers in Distant Locations

University of Otago, Wellington, NewZealand

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P Gallagher
Medical Education Unit, University of Otago Wellington, PO Box 7343, Wellington 6242
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

PMID: 22081651

Context: This paper discusses a key finding arising from a qualitative research project which explored the provision of educational support to clinical teachers who were at least 100 kilometres distant from a university medical school. Objectives: We examined the preferences of clinical teachers in relation to the preferred use of technology as a medium for educational support. Methods: A qualitative approach was used for which 19 participants were interviewed using structured interviews consisting of prepared open-ended questions. Findings: All participants reported that they had a very positive association with the university. However, they overwhelmingly expressed a need to feel more strongly connected to the university and with each other. Discussion: Although a trial of the videoconferencing technology had problems, there was still great potential to connect clinical teachers in a 'Community of Practice'.

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