Types of Teaching and Students

The Evaluation of Teaching Excellence

Teaching activities are at the core of the School of Medicine’s mission, and may take place in a variety of settings.  Some examples:

  • Clinical – supervising and teaching in outpatient clinics, treatment suites (e.g. endoscopy, mammography) and pathology laboratories, on inpatient or consult services, at the bedside, in the operating room, at outreach sites.
  • Didactic – in the classroom, at grand rounds, journal clubs, teaching conferences, at local, regional or national meetings of academic organizations, in the community, continuing medical education.
  • Research – mentoring, teaching or supervising during basic science, translational, or clinical research in any setting.

Any of these types of teaching might occur with large groups, small groups, or individual trainees.

Likewise, trainees may be drawn from differing populations:

  • Undergraduates
  • Medical students
  • Residents
  • Clinical fellows
  • Postdoctoral fellows
  • Instructors
  • Junior faculty
  • Visiting scholars, scientists and faculty
  • Other medical professionals (including nurses and doctors in the community)
  • High school students

Some duties comprise both adminstrative and teaching work and may be evaluated from both perspectives, for example:

Directing a residency program

  • Establishing and ensuring credentialing of a new fellowship program
  • Directing a course for medical students
  • Rewriting the curriculum for a graduate student course.      

Workshop on The Evaluation of Teaching Excellence