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When does the educator learn to teach?

Posted Sep 14 2008 1:50am
This week I am away from my practice at the Orthopaedic educators course. The obvious reason that I am here is because I am trying to become a better educator. I am not sure what I expected to get out of the program, but I figured it would help improve me as an educator. After I got settled in the room with a number of other educators (young and old), a question came to mind. When do we as orthopaedic surgeons learn how to teach?

It was an interesting question that I asked myself. Looking back at residency, we are immediately placed in situations where we are supposed to be teaching/educating both medical students and junior residents. We are given this task without any clue on how to educate.

I am now in a room filled with people who are interested in the how of education; how do we teach the information so that the learner will learn and retain the information. We all have our biases about what is important and what is not. The tools and techniques that we all yous are slightly and sometimes vastly different. Our common purpose is to be better teaching our learners.

As the week progresses, I will try to convey some of the information I learn.
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