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Twelve roles of a medical teacher: how this model can benefit physicians in Sri Lanka

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P. L. Ariyananda

University of Ruhuna, LK
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Although the main duty of physician is to heal the patient, they need to realise that they have to serve another important responsibility, as clinicianeducators. In many non-industrialised countries, physicians devote most of their time and energy to patient-care and pay little attention to their role as teachers. This has been overcome to some extent in industrialised countries by maintenance of teaching portfolios and regular performance appraisals. In 2000, Harden and Crosby suggested that a good teacher is more than a lecturer and has six main roles: information provider; role model; facilitator; assessor; planner; resource developer. Each of these six main roles has two subsidiary roles resulting in a total of 12 roles. Although this paper was published more than 20 years ago, it addresses some fundamental aspects of teaching, learning and assessment. Therefore, it can be adopted as a framework to develop teaching portfolios of physicians, even in today’s context, and is applicable in enhancing the role of teaching by physicians in Sri Lanka.
How to Cite: Ariyananda, P.L., 2022. Twelve roles of a medical teacher: how this model can benefit physicians in Sri Lanka. Journal of the Ceylon College of Physicians, 53(2), pp.113–117. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jccp.v53i2.7950
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Published on 19 Dec 2022.
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