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Top 10 reasons pediatricians are educators (why we teach you)
Sunday, May 5, 2013
- We get to teach kids, parents, families, trainees, and medical students
- We get to learn from all of the above (plus nurses and other health professionals, of course)
- Education, it does your body (and mind) good. Like milk (particularly breastmilk).
- We need booster doses to strengthen what we have learned along the way, and the questions our students, residents, and fellows ask us helps to keep us strong.
- We ask and answer a lot of questions.
- Neither field (pediatrics, nor medical education) pays the big bucks, so we do both because we love both.
- We aim to help our patients be healthy enough to learn.
- We are lifelong active learners ourselves and are comfortable with feedback (giving and getting).
- We like to facilitate learning through milestones.
- When we teach and learn, we all grow.
Educating is an "entrustable" professional activity!
There are many more reasons, what did I leave out?
About the Expert
Terry Kind, MD, MPH, is Director of Pediatric Medical Student Education at Children's National Health System. For the last decade she has also served as a primary care pediatrician at the Children's National Health Center at Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue, in Washington, DC.
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