0
Special Reports |

Fellows as Teachers: The Teacher-Assistant Experience During Pulmonary Subspecialty Training*

Robert R. Kempainen, MD; Teal S. Hallstrand, MD, MPH; Bruce H. Culver, MD; Mark R. Tonelli, MD, MA
Author and Funding Information

*From the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington.

Correspondence to: Robert Kempainen, MD, University of Minnesota School of Medicine, MMC 276, 420 Delaware St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455; e-mail: kempa001@umn.edu



Chest. 2005;128(1):401-406. doi:10.1378/chest.128.1.401
Text Size: A A A
Published online

Study objectives: Physicians undergoing medical subspecialty training, referred to as “fellows” in the United States, often serve as small group tutors. There are few reports, however, on whether fellows benefit from their experience teaching in the classroom. The purpose of this article is to describe the teacher-assistant requirement for fellows in a pulmonary and critical care training program and gain the perspectives of program graduates on their experiences as teacher assistants.

Design, setting, and participants: The structure of the teacher-assistant requirement is described in detail. We also surveyed 55 consecutive graduates of our Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship program located in the United States on the educational value of teaching pathophysiology to preclinical medical students.

Results: Fellows and one or two faculty members coteach groups of 15 to 25 second-year medical students during 22 h of case-based conferences over a 6-week period. Weekly meetings for teacher assistants foster improved teaching skills and provide insight into the basic tenets of structuring and implementing the course. Fellows receive formal and informal feedback on their performance. Fifty of 55 graduates (91%) returned the survey. Respondents rated the acquisition of teaching skills and knowledge of pulmonary pathophysiology as the most useful aspects of their experience. Eighty-seven percent rated their overall experience favorably, and 90% agreed that teaching the course should remain a curriculum requirement. The responses of physicians in academic and community practice were comparable.

Conclusions: Graduates of our Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship valued their teacher-assistant experience. This article may serve as a model for other subspecialty programs that are interested in formally incorporating teaching into their training program and may provide an impetus for the additional exploration of teacher-assistant experiences at other institutions.

Figures in this Article

Sign In to Access Full Content

MEMBER & INDIVIDUAL SUBSCRIBER

Want Access?

NEW TO CHEST?

Become a CHEST member and receive a FREE subscription as a benefit of membership.

Individuals can purchase this article on ScienceDirect.

Individuals can purchase a subscription to the journal.

Individuals can purchase a subscription to the journal or buy individual articles.

Learn more about membership or Purchase a Full Subscription.

INSTITUTIONAL ACCESS

Institutional access is now available through ScienceDirect and can be purchased at myelsevier.com.

Topics

lung ; teacher

Sign In to Access Full Content

MEMBER & INDIVIDUAL SUBSCRIBER

Want Access?

NEW TO CHEST?

Become a CHEST member and receive a FREE subscription as a benefit of membership.

Individuals can purchase this article on ScienceDirect.

Individuals can purchase a subscription to the journal.

Individuals can purchase a subscription to the journal or buy individual articles.

Learn more about membership or Purchase a Full Subscription.

INSTITUTIONAL ACCESS

Institutional access is now available through ScienceDirect and can be purchased at myelsevier.com.

Figures

Tables

References

NOTE:
Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).

Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Sign In to Access Full Content

MEMBER & INDIVIDUAL SUBSCRIBER

Want Access?

NEW TO CHEST?

Become a CHEST member and receive a FREE subscription as a benefit of membership.

Individuals can purchase this article on ScienceDirect.

Individuals can purchase a subscription to the journal.

Individuals can purchase a subscription to the journal or buy individual articles.

Learn more about membership or Purchase a Full Subscription.

INSTITUTIONAL ACCESS

Institutional access is now available through ScienceDirect and can be purchased at myelsevier.com.

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.

CHEST Journal Articles
PubMed Articles
  • CHEST Journal
    Print ISSN: 0012-3692
    Online ISSN: 1931-3543