Cultivating a Surgeon: New Perspectives on Clinical Teaching

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This book offers a carefully argued approach to the postgraduate preparation of surgeons and doctors. At a time when surgical/medical education is undergoing profound change this text will prove an invaluable resource for those both reorganizing teaching programmes and those working with learning surgeons/doctors. Its title signals clearly the educational values and principles upon which it is based.

It emphasizes what is involved in learning to be a surgeon and/or doctor who can engage in professional conduct and exercise professional judgement, as opposed to being trained in surgical/medical activities in order to demonstrate the behaviour expected by assessors.

It focuses on the clinical thinking, the professionalism and the knowledge base that underpins good surgical/medical practice. Its unique description of clinical thinking provides a logical and user friendly framework to support assessment in clinical practice.

It provides many examples and ideas which have been developed and refined over the past three years in partnership with a wide range of working surgeons and doctors in practical settings and in reflective seminars.

The authors have together brought to the production of this book a unique combination of a practising surgeon who is dedicated to the development of excellence in surgical practice, and a practising teacher educator who is dedicated to developing expertise in educational practice, particularly in clinical settings.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781903378267
  • Publisher: tfm Publishing Limited
  • Publication date: 10/15/2005
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Figures and tables vi
Glossary viii
Acknowledgements x
About the authors xii
Introduction: Our intentions for this book xiv
Part 1 The educational foundation for cultivating a thinking surgeon 1
Chapter 1 The significance of clinical practice in the education of a surgeon 3
Chapter 2 Professional values and the traditions of practice in surgery 19
Chapter 3 The importance in postgraduate medicine of educational values, principles and aims 37
Chapter 4 Nurturing the learner and supporting learning in the clinical setting 53
Chapter 5 Reflection: an essential means of learning in clinical settings 71
Chapter 6 Assessment and its role in education for clinical practice: an overview 93
Resume and implications: From apprentice to professional: turning training into medical education 119
Part 2 Teaching, learning and assessing in surgical settings 127
Introduction: Part 2 128
Chapter 7 Understanding and developing clinical thinking 131
Chapter 8 Assessing clinical thinking 167
Chapter 9 Exploring the knowledge base of surgical practice 185
Chapter 10 Assessing technical and operative procedures in the context of teaching and learning surgery 211
Chapter 11 Developing and enriching surgical teaching and learning through practitioner research 233
Index 253
References 265
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