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Lecturers: the good, the bad, and the ugly

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 01 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:0204120
  1. Shirley Moore, second year medical students1,
  2. Tom Walker, second year medical students1,
  3. Deborah White, second year medical students1
  1. 1University of Aberdeen

Do you get frustrated in the lecture theatre? Is it you, or is your lecturer just not quite hitting the mark? Aberdeen medical school student reps Shirley Moore, Tom Walker, and Deborah White think they can help you find out

Students can be considerably exercised by some of the things that make a bad lecturer. However, we are also interested in (and keen to tell our teachers about) the things that make a good one. After all, everyone appreciates, and can even enjoy, good teaching: the more we can get, the more we will learn.

We thought it would be fun, as well as enlightening, to find out just how good your teachers are. We have designed a test for lecturers everywhere. Why not leave a strategically opened copy of your Student BMJ in the lecture theatre or hospital canteen, or provide teaching staff with photocopies of this handy assessment? If you really cannot convince them, fill it in on their behalf… evidence based of course.

This quiz is intended to be light hearted (we certainly had a laugh writing it), but it would be great if some of the ideas are used to further debate on medical education and promote good …

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