UMEM Educational Pearls

Category: Misc

Title: Pitfalls in ED Teaching

Keywords: ED Teaching (PubMed Search)

Posted: 2/10/2009 by Rob Rogers, MD (Updated: 10/14/2019)
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Pitfalls in ED Teaching

One of the best ways to improve as a teacher is to understand what mistakes expert educators have made in the past.

The following is a short list of pitfalls offered from some of the great teachers in our specialty:

  • Trying to teach for too long: "Teaching less is more"-that is to say, more will be remembered if the teaching session is brief.
  • Trying to teach too much: Trying to Stick to one main point, the "Educational Hit and Run," and move on
  • Failure to be enthusiastic when you teach: You must have some enthusiasm when you teach. Students/Residents won't learn as much or be as enthusiastic about learning without your enthusiasm!