Views & Reviews A Consultant’s Take

Mandatory moaning

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 09 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5968
  1. John Dean, consultant cardiologist, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Exeter, Devon EX2 5DW, UK
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The contrast could not be sharper between the pleasure I get from teaching medical students and junior doctors and the ennui I often have to endure in the training sessions I am compelled to undergo to help them learn. Recently, I attended a two hour session of mind numbing tedium, one of five I will have to complete to be deemed competent as an educational supervisor. But on completion there will be no assessment of my skills to measure how much this experience has improved me.

The facilitator’s narrative had an anaesthetic effect on many of us; …

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