Ronnie Lichtman, CNM, PhD, is Associate Professor and Chair of the Midwifery Education Program (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center, College of Health Related Professions (CHRP), Brooklyn, NY. Previously, she was Program Director of the midwifery education programs at Columbia University and SUNY Stony Brook.
Pearls of Wisdom for Clinical Teaching: Expert Educators Reflect
Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
2003 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health
Volume 48, Issue 6, pages 455–463, November-December 2003
How to Cite
Lichtman, R., Burst, H. V., Campau, N., Carrington, B., Diegmann, E. K., Hsia, L. and Thompson, J. E. (2003), Pearls of Wisdom for Clinical Teaching: Expert Educators Reflect. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health, 48: 455–463. doi: 10.1016/S1526-9523(03)00346-5
- Issue published online: 24 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
- clinical teaching;
- midwifery education
A group of expert educators, each with more than 20 years of experience in midwifery education, was asked to contribute a “pearl (or pearls) of wisdom” for clinical teaching. Despite minimal instructions regarding what type of wisdom was being solicited, remarkable similarities emerged from the educators' contributions. Themes included the need for self-evaluation to become a competent preceptor, the role-modeling function of the preceptor, the development of critical thinking in students, the need to appreciate students' varying learning styles and individual ways of functioning, and the use of positive reinforcement. Although these may seem like universally accepted concepts in clinical teaching, one contributor related stories she heard from students about “hazing” behaviors that have a negative impact on learning. This points to the need for ongoing education about being an educator, another theme echoed in several of the contributions.