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Teaching behaviors that define highest rated attending physicians: A study of the resident perspective.

Authors: Nidhi G. Huff, Brita Roy, Carlos A. Estrada, Robert M. Centor, Analía Castiglioni, Lisa L. Willett, Richard M. Shewchuk, Stuart Cohen.

Med Teach 2014; 36:991-6.

Authors examined teaching behaviors voted by residents and students on hospital services. It’s interesting to analyze table 2, which describes the highest rated teaching behaviors categorized by four domains (“Teaching process”, “Learning atmosphere”, “Role modeling”, and “Team management”) of successful ward rounds. “Teaching Process” (setting aside time to teach, explaining the decision making process and teaching at the bedside) and “Learning atmosphere” (being approachable and showing enthusiasm and a positive attitude) were the most important teaching behaviors to trainees.

The authors propose to consider these results for faculty development courses and feedback. They also highlight the importance of transferring the clinician’s thought process.

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