Residents as teachers
One of the privileges of being at an academic medical center is the opportunity to teach medical students. All residents play a major role in teaching medical students. During intern orientation, residents are introduced to their important role as teachers. A skills-based resident-as-teacher workshop during intern orientation prepares residents to orient the learner, give feedback, and teach medical students and allows residents to practice these skills with feedback from faculty. In addition, periodic workshops are offered to residents throughout all three years of residency to help enhance their teaching skills.
During their PG-2 and PG-3 years, residents have the opportunity to supervise teams of PG-1 residents and 3rd and 4th-year medical students. PG-3 residents function as the leaders of these teams, leading rounds on the wards once per week without an attending, allowing them the chance to practice their leadership skills and step into the role of the attending.
At the Sacramento County Health Clinic, where some residents have their continuity clinic, there is an emphasis on interprofessional care and teaching. The health care team at this site includes medical students, physician assistant/nurse practitioner students from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, pediatric residents, and pediatric faculty. Senior residents may lead the team, supervising the various learners. This is an additional opportunity for our residents to learn how to lead an interprofessional healthcare team.