Teaching on the ward

Happy Easter to you all!

This week’s post comes in the form of a recommendation to a self-directed learning guide created by Dr Deborah Gill, an expert in medical education, on the challenges that each clinical learning environment takes and some further general advice. She makes some excellent points about the how teaching in the clinical environment is far better than the classroom alongside some worrying statistics about the percentage of medical student teaching time spent on the wards (5%).

There are also some excellent points which encourage one to reflect on their own development as a medical educator. This article is definitely worth a read and can be accessed at http://www.faculty.londondeanery.ac.uk/e-learning/explore-further/teaching_and_learning_at_the_bedside.pdf.

Why not read the article and reflect on it in your own e-portfolio?


Methods of learning (i)

In this new series, I am looking at the best way to deliver effective teaching. I’m starting with what is becoming the standard way to teach and asking if this is really the best….Microsoft Powerpoint




A good foundation to add in further media

Provides a form of focus

Good for large groups

Good in a formal environment



Can be too structured

Doesn’t enable the teacher or pupils to process newly acquired information

Is rather didactic

Not good for impromptu teaching or small groups


Whether you are for or against the powerpoint presentation, here’s a module on how to improve…


and a comment on content: http://www.bmj.com/rapid-response/2011/10/30/support-traditional-teaching-methods