Excerpt: I am pleased to be able to review the book, Essential Skills for a Medical Teacher: An Introduction to Teaching and Learning in Medicine, by Ronald M. Harden and Jennifer M. Laidlaw. It was a very enjoyable and informative reading adventure. The book is introduced with the basic premise that teaching is “a craft and a science,” and that through gaining a deeper understanding of their “work” all teachers can improve “from poor to good” or from “good to excellent” (page xix). With this in mind, I read the book with three sets of eyes: those of the novice or new instructor; of the clinician with some teaching experience, but little formal training in teaching; and, finally, with the eyes of an experienced instructor with training in medical education, the proficient or expert educator.
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