Learning the teaching of pediatrics.


We have long considered devoting an issue of Pediatric Annals to medical education and how it relates to the general pediatrician and other offi cebased providers. After my institution (Children’s Memorial in Chicago) recently hosted Dr. Larrie Greenberg, a leading expert in the fi eld of pediatric education, as a visiting scholar for a few days, I became convinced that he should guest-edit an issue. I am delighted with the results in this issue. The topics covered here are very wide-ranging, including education of patients in the offi ce setting; integrating the roles of pediatric hospitalists and primary care physicians; pediatric education in offi ce settings; utilizing microskills in offi ce teaching with the presentation of several effi cient and effective precepting methods; teaching in the community-oriented primary care setting; and issues related to teaching by academic general pediatricians. The article about microskills in offi ce teaching (see page 72) highlights some very interesting teaching techniques (precepting methods) that are very useful in a busy offi ce or clinic setting, where the goals of teaching students or residents and sustaining patient fl ow can confl ict. These include the “1-Minute Preceptor,” the “Aunt Minnie,” and “SNAPPS” (summarize the case, narrow the differential, analyze the possibilities, probe the learner’s understanding, plan a strategy, and select an issue for self-learning). I strongly suggest that all who have learners in the offi ce read this carefully. A provocative challenge is included in the thoughtful article by Scott Ship-

DOI: 10.3928/00904481-20100120-01

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@article{Shulman2010LearningTT, title={Learning the teaching of pediatrics.}, author={Stanford T. Shulman}, journal={Pediatric annals}, year={2010}, volume={39 2}, pages={51-2} }