I am sure you all remember Mr. Miyagi from ‚Karate kid’ – who wouldn’t!? Master of his art, philosopher of life and definitely an inspiring teacher. As he once said: ‚No such thing as bad student, only bad teacher.’
I don’t know how about you, but I believe that being such a bad teacher is simply inexcusable, especially in clinical education. Your learner’s time is as limited as yours, so don’t waste it! Don’t be one of those who teach how not to do things. Don’t set the wrong examples! Don’t bore your audience to death with mundane slide presentations. After all, you are teaching them how to take care of patients, and how to do it best! There is no excuse for lousy style and outdated information!!! Do everyone a favor and cancel your lecture, if all you do is copy/pasting from sources, and reading your slides.
So you are an EM/critical care doc, attending, registrar, consultant, resident, or whatever else they might call you out there? And you are wondering how to reach the stage of teaching zen? Just lurking at this site, you are already heading in the right direction. As they say: „Where there is a will, there is a way!” Of course, nothing happens without some effort, but in this case you can consider yourself pretty lucky. Folks from The Teaching Course team are making a Herculean effort to help you succeed. All you need to do is register and show up for the course! Baltimore is the place to be! I was there last year and I am heading there again! Let’s meet in Maryland!!! I can promise that you’ll never look at sleepy audience again… Rob Rogers, Amal Mattu, Haney Mallemat and many others will show you how to shower your students with witty humor and make them learn with excitement! Don’t forget to follow the course on Twitter @IEMTC13. Use Hashtag #IEMTC13.