Abstract Title
Clinicians as teachers: pediatric inpatient clerkship in Qatar


Shabina Khan
Mohamed Hendaus
Ahmed Al-hammadi
Samer Mohmed
Yasser Al Samman
Tushar Khanna


7JJ The Teacher


Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar
Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar


Teaching medical students is often challenging for physicians who practice in academic institutions, especially since medical education is becoming increasingly structured and demanding.

Summary of Work

This study was conducted to evaluate the physician’s perception of their role as teachers and allow the students an opportunity to provide feedback after completing their 3 week pediatric inpatient clerkship.  An anonymous questionnaire was distributed among all the physicians of the general pediatric team at Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar’s only teaching hospital and third year medical students from Weill-Cornell Medical College, Qatar in November 2013. 51 physicians (14% consultants, 15% fellows, 71% residents) and 35 medical students returned the survey. The response rate among the physicians was 90%, and among the students was 59%.


Summary of Results

Physician attitude towards pediatric clerkship

Medical students as an integral part of the clinical team



Adequate time to get to know medical students


p value  0.16

3 weeks clerkship provides enough exposure to pediatrics



Responsible if the medical student commits an error



Easily accessible to medical students


p value 0.32

Provide a safe and friendly learning environment to students



Quality of teaching

More than 2 hours of direct teaching per week


p value 0.271

Quality of bed side teaching is adequate or excellent


p value 0.975

Adequate time for bed side teaching


p value 0.258

Best time for teaching



Best team member for teaching as voted by students



Feedback to medical students

Consistent in providing  feedback



Quality of feedback is adequate or excellent


p value  0.27

Frequency of feedback






The physicians in our pediatric inpatient unit, most of who were residents and fellows, found it difficult to incorporate teaching into their busy clinical schedule.

The students’ survey results regarding the quality and quantity of teaching during their inpatient clerkship concurred with the physician’s opinions in most aspects

Students percieved their interaction with the junior residents during their rotation as the most valuable.


Take-home Messages

Pediatricians, who may otherwise be excellent clinicians,are not always trained teachers.

Teaching hospitals should provide workshops on medical education and allocate protected teaching time to all physicians, especially residents, so that they can dedicate time effectively to teaching activities along with their daily clinical practice.

Timely feedback from medical students regarding their clerkship experience to allow changes to enhace their learning experience.


Summary of Work
Summary of Results

Take-home Messages
Send ePoster Link