Clinical teachers’ views on how teaching teams deliver and manage residency training.

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Clinical teachers' views on how teaching teams deliver and manage residency training.

Med Teach. 2013;35(1):46-52

Authors: Slootweg I, Lombarts K, Van Der Vleuten C, Mann K, Jacobs J, Scherpbier A

BACKGROUND: Residents learn by working in a multidisciplinary context, in different locations, with many clinical teachers. Although clinical teachers are collectively responsible for residency training, little is known about the way teaching teams function.
AIM: We conducted a qualitative study to explore clinical teachers' views on how teaching teams deliver residency training.
METHOD: Data were collected during six focus group interviews in 2010.
RESULTS: The analysis revealed seven teamwork themes: (1) clinical teachers were more passionate about clinical expertise than about knowledge of teaching and teamwork; (2) residents needed to be informed about clinical teachers' shared expectations; (3) the role of the programme director in the teaching team needed further clarification; (4) the main topics of discussion in teaching teams were resident performance and the division of teaching tasks; (5) the structural elements of the organisation of residency training were clear; (6) clinical teachers had difficulty giving and receiving feedback and (7) clinical teachers felt under pressure to be accountable for team performance to external parties.
CONCLUSION: The clinical teachers did not consider teamwork to be of any great significance to residency training. Teachers' views of professionalism and their own experiences as residents may explain their non-teamwork directed attitude. Efforts to strengthen teamwork within teaching teams may impact positively on the quality of residency training.

PMID: 23098622 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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