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Further Insights Into the Roles of the Medical Educator: The Importance of Scholarly Management

Bligh, John and Brice Browne, Julie 2009. Further Insights Into the Roles of the Medical Educator: The Importance of Scholarly Management. Academic Medicine -Philadelphia- 84 (8) , pp. 1161-1165. 10.1097/ACM.0b013e3181ace633

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Medical educators need to be able to define excellence within the various roles they occupy so that they can demonstrate internationally recognized, high-quality scholarship. Previous definitions of scholarship have focused on research and teaching but have been unable to integrate other roles such as leadership, management, and administration. Clearer definition of the various roles of the medical educator, coupled with a broader understanding of medical education scholarship that is able to encompass management, as well as teaching and research, will help institutions to evaluate and reward faculty members appropriately. We propose that management should now be introduced as a third 'priority of the professoriate.' We outline the concept of the scholarly manager, particularly as it applies to management in medical education. We offer a new conceptual model which situates the role of the academic manager within the scholarship of medical education and shows it to be an essential part of the skills and competences of the excellent medical educator. We emphasize that at the heart of all scholarly activity in medical education lie the core skills, values, and behaviors shared by all involved in the education of doctors and medical students. Future research is needed to explore and, where possible, achieve consensus on the core skills, values, and behaviors of an excellent medical educator. In addition, work should commence to define and categorize the various stages in the development of a significant management portfolio in medical education teaching and research.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, scientific disciplines
Publisher: Association of American Medical Colleges
ISSN: 1040-2446
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2017 10:56

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