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Students' perception of the characteristics of effective bedside teachers.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17701634     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND AND METHODS: To determine a student perspective of the characteristics of ideal bedside teachers, a 25-item questionnaire was administered to 84 final-year medical students. The items were constructed to check for two domains of 'Communication' and of 'Demographics'. The former included behaviours such as providing constructive feedback, respecting patient confidentiality and encouraging critical thinking, while the latter included characteristics such as gender, academic rank and language skills. RESULTS: The students identified the characteristics in the 'Communication' domain as being far more important determinants of ideal bedside teaching than the 'Demographics' domain. Factor analysis showed that of the questions designed to determine communication all but one loaded unequivocally into a single factor, while the demographics were best described by two additional factors. Both these factors represented teacher properties that were difficult or impossible for the teacher to modify, while those in the communication domain were all amenable to change. CONCLUSIONS: These results are consistent with data from the literature on the broader aspects of clinical teaching, and imply that the ideal bedside teaching experience from the perspective of the students is heavily influenced by teacher behaviours than that can be modified.
Yousef Alweshahi; Dwight Harley; David A Cook
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medical teacher     Volume:  29     ISSN:  1466-187X     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Teach     Publication Date:  2007 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-08-16     Completed Date:  2007-09-18     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7909593     Medline TA:  Med Teach     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  204-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman.
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MeSH Terms
Factor Analysis, Statistical
Point-of-Care Systems*
Students, Medical / psychology*
Teaching / standards*

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