Challenges for medical educators: results of a survey among members of the German Association for Medical Education

Huwendiek, Sören; Hahn, Eckhart G; Tönshoff, Burkhard; Nikendei, Christoph (2013). Challenges for medical educators: results of a survey among members of the German Association for Medical Education. GMS Zeitschrift für medizinische Ausbildung, 30(3), Doc38. German Medical Science 10.3205/zma000881

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BACKGROUND Despite the increasing interest in medical education in the German-speaking countries, there is currently no information available on the challenges which medical educators face. To address this problem, we carried out a web-based survey among the members of the Association for Medical Education (Gesellschaft für medizinische Ausbildung, GMA). METHODS A comprehensive survey was carried out on the need for further qualifications, expertise and the general conditions of medical educators in Germany. As part of this study, the educators were asked to list the three main challenges which they faced and which required urgent improvement. The results were analysed by means of qualitative content analysis. RESULTS The questionnaire was completed by 147 of the 373 members on the GMA mailing list (response rate: 39%). The educators named a total of 346 challenges and emphasised the following areas: limited academic recognition for engagement in teaching (53.5% of educators), insufficient institutional (31.5%) and financial support (28.4%), a curriculum in need of reform (22.8%), insufficient time for teaching assignments (18,9%), inadequate teacher competence in teaching methods (18.1%), restricted faculty development programmes (18.1%), limited networking within the institution (11.0%), lack of teaching staff (10.2%), varying preconditions of students (8.7%), insufficient recognition and promotion of medical educational research (5.5%), extensive assessment requirements (4.7%), and the lack of role models within medical education (3.2%). CONCLUSION The medical educators found the biggest challenges which they faced to be limited academic recognition and insufficient institutional and financial support. Consequently, improvements should be implemented to address these issues.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Medical Education > Institute for Medical Education > Assessment and Evaluation Unit (AAE)
04 Faculty of Medicine > Medical Education > Institute for Medical Education

UniBE Contributor:

Huwendiek, Sören

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1860-3572

Publisher:

German Medical Science

Language:

English

Submitter:

Patrick Jucker-Kupper

Date Deposited:

26 Mar 2014 16:10

Last Modified:

09 Nov 2015 08:54

Publisher DOI:

10.3205/zma000881

PubMed ID:

24062818

Uncontrolled Keywords:

faculty development medical education medical educators needs assessment

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.44938

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/44938

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