The Clinician-Educator's Handbook

Format Publication ID Version Published
Reference 7749 1 September 17, 2010
Baylor College of Medicine


The Clinician-Educator's handbook addresses a wide variety of issues of clinical education and looks at many different settings in which clinical teaching takes place. The ultimate goal of clinical teaching is to improve patient care, and this handbook is designed to help the clinician-educator do the best possible job of teaching. Culling the literature on educational psychology and medical education, and drawing from their own observations and experiences, as well as those of many renowned clinician-teachers whom they observed and interviewed, the authors have created a physician-friendly work, written more in the language of the clinician than of the educational theorist.

The authors acknowledge that they have neither the experience nor the expertise to address issues involved in teaching surgical skills or in teaching in certain environments such as the operating room or the intensive care unit, so these areas are not covered in this book. While the authors are pediatricians, they believe that this book will be of interest to all physicians who wish to improve their teaching skills and hope that all readers will find this book enlightening, challenging, and useful.


Turner T, Palazzi D, Ward M, Lorin M. The Clinician-Educator's Handbook. MedEdPORTAL; 2010. Available from:

Educational Objectives

  1. To be able to identify educational strategies to enhance teaching effectiveness in the clinical setting.
  2. To be able to employ and adapt teaching methods to fit the needs of individual learners.
  3. To be able to discuss lessons learned with teachers across the educational continuum.


  • Clinician-Educator


  • Medical
    • Pediatrics

Competencies Addressed

  • Medical
    • Interpersonal & Communication Skills
    • Medical Knowledge
    • Practice-based Learning & Improvement
    • Professionalism

Academic Focus

  • Clinical Sciences
    • Clinical Skills/Doctoring

Professional Interest

  • Cognition, Human Learning & Problem Solving
  • Communication Skills
  • Health Education
  • Instructional Materials/Methods
  • Professionalism
  • Teaching Skills

Intended Audience

  • Professional & Faculty Development
  • Professional School Post-Graduate Training
    • Fellow
    • Resident

Instructional Methods

  • Independent Study

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