teaching on the wards
i consider myself a pretty good teacher. when it comes to delivering a lecture, i have a lot of energy and i think i am decent at explaining things clearly and creating an interactive classroom environment. i don’t really get nervous in front of a group, and i am comfortable writing things out on a white board. this is all because i worked for kaplan for many years teaching MCAT and then training new teachers, and so i’ve spent a decent amount of time working on these skills.
but somehow on the wards, i have trouble. i think part of the problems is that enlightening med students and new interns is not that structured, formal classroom environment that i was used to back in my days at the the big K. instead, it’s more about pulling out teachable moments and giving mini-lessons on the fly. and i have a hard time focusing on that when there are patient-care-related loose ends floating around — even if those loose ends are not terribly critical or time-sensitive.
i also have a hard time with pimping, which is medical-academia speak for asking your med students questions until he/she breaks down and cries. okay, not really. i actually never really minded being pimped, as long as it was done nicely. but sometimes i feel overly mean doing it, so i don’t. but by avoiding this (or giving answers away 2 seconds after asking), i reinforce my specialty’s reputation as a bunch of softies and the students may not try as hard, therefore not learning as much. and i feel bad about that, too.
how can i win? i think that i need to prepare a little more. maybe i could come up with some handouts with open ended cases, basic pediatrics scenarios that i can work the students through during down time. it’s a little late in this rotation to be revamping my method, but i’ll have plenty of other times to work with students in the future. it’s actually something that i DO enjoy when it goes well, so it will be worth it to me!
a poll regarding this site’s name. i think a 5th birthday makeover may be in order . . .
workout: 5 miles with 6 x 800m intervals — pace anywhere from 7:16/mi to 7:39/mi
reading: finally finished the peds in review article on hypothyroidism!