Teaching is an essential part of the resident’s duties. Residents are expected to impart basic knowledge on a daily basis to medical students, rotating residents, and more junior residents. All members of a health care team learn from one another, and thus a resident will ultimately teach their supervising faculty as well as other allied health professionals.
The actual structure of this teaching varies by month and by resident. Some faculty members require that each resident will give one or more short educational talks during the month. Some faculty will want the senior residents to take an active role in teaching during rounds, while others may want resident teaching to occur outside the realm of formal team rounds. Some residents are comfortable giving didactic talks to others, while some prefer to teach with “pearls” as they are relevant to patient care being provided. We allow for these variations in assessing teaching skill, but do expect that residents take an active role in teaching.
Every effort is made to provide maximal education during formal rounding with the faculty. There may be opportunities to learn outside of rounds, but not all members of the team will be present due to duty hour regulations, etc. Therefore, team rounds are the “showplace” for teaching, especially teaching at the bedside.
It is expected that rounds not conflict with educational conferences. At times rounds must be stopped prematurely, or carried on by the attending without residents so that they may be excused for conference. It is the resident’s responsibility to notify attending physicians that he or she must be excused to attend required conferences. Allied health personnel should be made aware of the conference schedule and asked not to disturb residents with pages unless critical for patient care. These principles hold for all residents on neurology teams, including non-neurology residents.
Latest revision: 5/22/2018, Adam Wallace