These resources have been chosen for clinicians who are new to teaching students and trainees, or who would like to brush up on their teaching skills. If you have further questions, please contact Dr Jenny McDonald.
If you would like to apply for an honorary academic title in recognition of your teaching, please discuss with the Clinical Dean or School of Medicine contact at your teaching site. Title holders are able to access the vast online holdings of the University, many of which are additional to CIAP.
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- Select Activate My Western Sydney University Account.
Background and introductory resources
Online modules on a wealth of different topics: e-Learning for Healthcare. London Deanery. Multi-professional Faculty Development. 2012. Available here.
Book: The ABC of Learning and Teaching in Medicine is an introductory text for doctors and other health professionals starting out in their careers as well as offering teaching tips and new perspectives for busy practitioners wishing to keep abreast of developments in medical education... see complete description at Wiley.com.
Cantillon P, Wood D. ABC of Learning and Teaching in Medicine: John Wiley & Sons; 2011. Available here.
Tips: Teaching on the Run. Through funding from the Medical Training and Review Panel, the Teaching on the Run Tips series has been published in the Medical Journal of Australia. Available here.
Online modules: Excellence in clinical teaching. The University of Melbourne. Online modules.2013. Available here.
How to teach
How to lecture
- Eight steps to active lecturing, by Terry Doyle, Learning Centered Teaching. Available here.
- Twelve tips for creating effective PowerPoint presentations (and others) by Mary Harrington. Available here.
How to teach small groups:
- Edmunds S, Brown G. Effective small group learning: AMEE guide no. 48. Med Teach [serial online]. 2010; 39(9):715-26. Available here.
- There is also a good chapter in the Cantillon textbook. Available here.
How to teach at the bedside
- Bharamgoudar R, Sonsale A. Twelve tips for medical students to make the best use of ward-based learning. Medical teacher. 2017:1-4. Available here.
How to teach in Outpatients
- Ashley P, Rhodes N, Sari-Kouzel H, Mukherjee A, Dornan T. 'They've all got to learn'. Medical students' learning from patients in ambulatory (outpatient and general practice) consultations. Medical teacher. 2009;31(2):24-31. Available here.
How to give feedback in the clinical environment
- Ramani S, Krackov SK. Twelve tips for giving feedback effectively in the clinical environment. Med Teach. 2012; 34(10):787-91. Available here.
How to assess
How do you know that your students have learnt what you would like them to know? These are guides for commonly used types of assessments.
There are three helpful short chapters on assessment in the Cantillon textbook covering written, skill-based and workplace based assessment. Available here.
- Coderre S, Woloschuk W, Mclaughlin K. Twelve tips for blueprinting. Medical Teacher. 2009 Jan 1;31(4):322-4. Available here.
Writing multiple choice questions
- Case, S. Swanson, D. Constructing written test questions for the Basic and Clinical Sciences. Available here.
- Campbell DE. How to write good multiple-choice questions. J Paediatr Child Health [serial online]. 2011;47(6):322-5. Available here.
- Gormley G. Summative OSCEs in undergraduate medical education. Ulster Med J. 2011;80(3):127-32. Available here.
Want to know more?
How do you know that your teaching is effective? Evaluation evidence is also useful for professional development and promotion.
- Hu, W. Getting started in educational research [PowerPoint]. 2017. Available here.
Join the community of clinical teachers and educators. These associations host popular annual conferences and events.
The following are popular reads for clinician teachers and educators.