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: 2022  |  Volume : 35  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 16--19

Clinicians' perceptions of medical student teaching in a tertiary hospital


Nick S R Lan1, Sana Nasim2, Seng Khee Gan3, Gerard T Chew4 
1 Department of Internal Medicine, Medical School, The University of Western Australia; Postgraduate Medical Education Department, Royal Perth Hospital; Department of Cardiology, Fiona Stanley Hospital, Australia
2 Department of Internal Medicine, Medical School, The University of Western Australia, Australia; Postgraduate Medical Education Department; Department of Trauma Surgery, Royal Perth Hospital, Australia
3 Department of Internal Medicine, Medical School, The University of Western Australia; Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Royal Perth Hospital, Australia
4 Department of Internal Medicine, Medical School, The University of Western Australia; Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Royal Perth Hospital; Department of Internal Medicine, Royal Perth Hospital, Australia

Correspondence Address:
Nick S R Lan
Department of Cardiology, Fiona Stanley Hospital, 11 Robin Warren Drive, Murdoch, Western Australia 6150
Australia

Background: Medical student placements in teaching hospitals are a cornerstone for gaining clinical experience. However, the ever-evolving nature of health care has also changed the delivery of student education. Few studies have examined clinicians' perspectives toward teaching students in this setting. We sought to explore the attitudes of clinicians involved in teaching medical students at an Australian tertiary hospital. Methods: Clinicians were invited by email to complete an anonymous online survey developed using a combination of questions from previously validated surveys. The questions utilized 5-point Likert scale statements and were based around the themes of “personal purpose and enjoyment of teaching” and “barriers and challenges to teaching.” Results for each question are presented as frequency and percentage. Results: Of 490 invited, 67 (13.7%) consultant clinicians from various specialties responded. The majority (>92%) enjoy teaching and see it as part of their work. However, approximately half thought that medical student teaching was under-recognized and half did not have adequate time to teach due to workload. Approximately 60% responded that there was insufficient time to get to know students to provide feedback and approximately 40% indicated that the scope of student knowledge and desired outcomes are not clearly defined by medical schools. Discussion: Our contemporary survey identifies modifiable factors which should be targeted. If these factors are addressed successfully, it may allow the hospital and university medical school to harness the valuable resource of clinical teachers. This could enhance the medical student experience and promote a culture of teaching and learning in hospitals.


How to cite this article:
Lan NS, Nasim S, Gan SK, Chew GT. Clinicians' perceptions of medical student teaching in a tertiary hospital.Educ Health 2022;35:16-19


How to cite this URL:
Lan NS, Nasim S, Gan SK, Chew GT. Clinicians' perceptions of medical student teaching in a tertiary hospital. Educ Health [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 Dec 1 ];35:16-19
Available from: https://educationforhealth.net//article.asp?issn=1357-6283;year=2022;volume=35;issue=1;spage=16;epage=19;aulast=Lan;type=0