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Otolaryngologists as Educators

Otolaryngologists as Educators: Update on How to Teach Efficiently and Effectively

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Business of Medicine / Practice Management Track


Megan Durr, MD

Otolaryngologists are often asked to step into teaching roles, whether it’s to train medical students, residents, fellows, colleagues, or advanced practice providers.

Megan L. Durr, MD, the otolaryngology residency program director at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, CA, and the moderator of an on-demand session that aims to educate educators, believes that otolaryngologists must stay up to date on teaching techniques.

“As otolaryngologists, we are teaching all the time, whether it is our patients, clinic/OR staff, colleagues, physician assistants, nurses, etc.,” said Dr. Durr. “For many of us, teaching is one of the most rewarding aspects of our profession. Understanding general preferences of adult learners and adapting teaching strategies to incorporate more active learning can make teaching more efficient and effective.”

Dr. Durr and the other panelists plan to focus on how to incorporate active learning into various settings, including large didactic groups, one-on-one preceptorship, and procedural and operating room teaching.

“In general, teaching styles that incorporate active learning and engagement tend to improve learner retention,” said Dr. Durr. Such styles include flipped classroom techniques and problem- or case-based learning. “We suggest trying to avoid a lecture-based curriculum and opting for different methods that encourage problem solving, teamwork, and critical thinking.”

This expert panel includes several otolaryngology educators as well as a visiting guest, Subha Ramani, MBBS, MPH, MMEd, PhD, who is an internist and medical education expert at Harvard Medical School. In addition to teaching methods, the panel also plans to discuss strategies for giving feedback in a manner that elicits a change in behavior and techniques for better assessing learners.