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Residents as Teachers

Pyramid showing heirarchy: Resident Teaching Skills to Teaching Resdient to DIME Pathway to Masters of Medical Education

Studies have estimated that residents spend up to 20% of their time on teaching activities regardless of their department or future career plans.  Despite this significant responsibility for teaching medical students and colleagues along with patients and their families, residents often have not received formal instruction on how to be effective teachers.

The Internal Medicine Residency Program values the important role that residents assume as teachers.  The program also recognizes how complex medical teaching can be when the teacher must meet the needs of the learner while providing care for the patient.

In an effort to help residents develop teaching skills as well as gain confidence as teachers, the program has designed opportuni9ties for residents to improve their teaching skills during their training.