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Med Educ. 1989 Jan;23(1):14-8.

Types of problem students encountered by clinical teachers on clerkships.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle 98195.


The teachers who play the all-important role of enabling students to learn on clinical clerkships must balance the two essential skills of being a good role model and maintaining objectivity in order to identify students with a variety of problems. This study describes the findings of a survey that identifies both the type of the problems that most bother teachers and the relative frequency of those problems. Non-cognitive problems (poor interpersonal skills and non-assertive, shy students) were identified by teachers as being seen at the same relative frequency but posing greater difficulty than cognitive problems (poor integration skills, disorganization, poor fund of knowledge, etc.). A variety of the types of interventions to these problems are discussed.

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