If you keep up with my blog then you might already know that I work in a field that works with doctors all day (no, I’m not a pharma rep :-)). One of things the we run into time and again is the issue of doctor training. These days it isn’t enough just to go to medical school; doctors specialize, and then specialize some more, and they’re constantly taking courses to keep up with the latest in medicine and management.
For example, a doctor might take a medical teaching course. These types of classes are important for doctors who want to advance in medical education, or for senior doctors who are tasked with looking after junior doctors. Similarly, a teach the teacher course offers formal training for medical instructors and educators. There is a practical element to courses like these as well, so doctors get experience teaching others in the medical field.
On a different track, a medical management course instructs doctors on leadership techniques that they can take back to their own practice. Even in a hospital setting, management skills are essential for any doctor that wants to “climb the ladder” and oversee other staff. And for those who do dream of advancement, a consultant interview course will prepare them, via interactive learning, to apply for a promotion.
This only touches the surface of doctor training — we aren’t even talking about all the additional medical training doctors receive! At least it’s good to know that learning doesn’t stop once a doctor gets his or her M.D.