Longer (Vs. Shorter) Interactions With Attendings Are Preferable

Third year medical students in traditional block and year-long longitudinal clerkships were interviewed about successful and unsuccessful relationships with their teachers.  In both groups, longer interactions (days to weeks for block students, year-long for longitudinal students) were viewed as more conducive to learning.  Block students tried to match their behaviors to their attendings’ expectations, while longitudinal students described less-hierarchical relationships with their preceptors.  A major caveat is that longitudinal students and preceptors were self-selected.–Laura Willett, MD

Hauer KE1, O’Brien BC, Hansen LA, Hirsh D, Ma IH, Ogur B, Poncelet AN, Alexander EK, Teherani A., More is better: students describe successful and unsuccessful experiences with teachers differently in brief and longitudinal relationships., Acad Med. 2012 Oct;87(10):1389-96.

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