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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jeffrey E Pettit, PhD (University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine)
Description: This is a how-to book for medical clinicians (not researchers) that sets out concrete steps for developing/improving teaching skills. It also is a practical guide with program guidelines for creating training programs for teaching improvement.
Purpose: With its many useful and practical tips for teaching in a medical environment, the book provides an excellent resource for medical clinicians who have to teach others in the course of their work.
Audience: It is written for anyone who passes on their knowledge in the medical world - essentially, all clinicians. It is not for educational researchers looking for educational theory, and the information is not culture-specific, as it has been used throughout the world. The authors have many years of experience and are very knowledgeable.
Features: The book presents six steps for preparation and planning for any type of teaching — Who? Why? What? How? What else? How to end? Each step is clearly explained and practical examples are provided. Another of the book's strong features is the set of how-to guidelines for educators who want to run a series on teaching for their department that appear in a section on "Notes to Trainers" after each step. Resources include appendixes with example forms, handouts, and PowerPoint slides. The authors caution that readers may find much of the material basic and obvious, but note that just because something is simple does not mean it does not work. There is a huge gulf between simple ideas and putting them into practice effectively.
Assessment: This book is very easy to read and contains a wealth of information to help clinical educators. It is worth having a copy for your personal library and will be used quite frequently for recommendations and ideas.