Every doctor an educator?

Allsop, S., McKinley, R. K., Douglass, C., Pope, L. and Macdougall, C. (2023) Every doctor an educator? Medical Teacher, 45(6), pp. 559-564. (doi: 10.1080/0142159X.2022.2158069)

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Introduction: The education of the future health care workforce is fundamental to ensuring safe, effective, and inclusive patient care. Despite this there has been chronic underinvestment in health care education and, even though there is an increased need for educators, the true number of medical educators has been in relative decline for over a decade. Purpose: In this paper, we focus on the role of doctors as medical educators. We reflect on the culture in which medical education and training are delivered, the challenges faced, and their origins and sustaining factors. We propose a re-framing of this culture by applying Maslow’s principles of the hierarchy of needs to medical educators, not only as individuals but as a specialist group and to the system in which this group works, to instigate actionable change and promote self-actualization for medical educators. Discussion: Promoting and supporting the work of doctors who are educators is critically important. Despite financial investment in some practice areas, overall funding for and the number of medical educators continues to decline. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) schemes such as those offered by specialised medical education associations are welcomed, but without time, funding and a supportive culture from key stakeholders, medical educators cannot thrive and reach their potential. Conclusion: We need to revolutionise the culture in which medical education is practised, where medical educators are valued and commensurately rewarded as a diverse group of specialists who have an essential role in training the health care workforce to support the delivery of excellent, inclusive health care for patients. By reimagining the challenges faced as a hierarchy we show that until the fundamental needs of value, funding and time are realised, it will remain challenging to instigate the essential change that is needed.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Pope, Professor Lindsey
Authors: Allsop, S., McKinley, R. K., Douglass, C., Pope, L., and Macdougall, C.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care
Journal Name:Medical Teacher
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1466-187X
Published Online:09 January 2023

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