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By Richard B. Gunderman

Delivering theoretical insights and sensible feedback, attaining Excellence in clinical schooling explores a necessary query dealing with clinical educators and inexperienced persons: what's our imaginative and prescient of academic excellence and what might be performed to reinforce functionality? insurance comprises: assets for selling excellence in clinical schooling, grants and pitfalls of recent academic applied sciences, and clinical education’s position in getting ready destiny leaders.

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In fact, it seemed doubtful to some behaviorists that the very notion of mind was 18 Achieving Excellence in Medical Education meaningful. We should simply stop talking about minds, ideas, and emotions altogether, and instead focus on behavior. F. Skinner took this model even further, arguing that from a strict behaviorist perspective the very ideas of human freedom and dignity had become outmoded, and should be dispensed with. In the longstanding debate over whether nature or nurture exerted more influence over human character, the behaviorists were firmly on the side of nurture.

Learning, not teaching, is the ultimate outcome of medical education, and we are unlikely to foster it effectively if we do not understand what it is and how it takes place. Yet most medical educators have little or no background in formal educational theory. If we are good teachers, it is frequently because we were blessed with good educational instincts, or because we had the good fortune to study with and emulate other good teachers. We need not leave our capabilities as teachers entirely to chance, however.

Community practice offers a number of enticements. One is compensation. In some specialties, community practitioners earn 50 to 100% more than their academic counterparts. Trainees feel this difference most acutely precisely when they are contemplating their choice of career. Most medical students graduate encumbered by considerable debt, and many students and residents are just beginning to face the financial realities of purchasing a home and starting a family. Hence the extra initial income afforded by community practice is appealing.

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