Effective teaching and feedback skills for international emergency medicine "train the trainers" programs

Scott G. Weiner, Vicken Y. Totten, Gabrielle A. Jacquet, Katherine Douglass, Diane M. Birnbaumer, Susan B. Promes, Ian B.K. Martin

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Background As the specialty of Emergency Medicine (EM) develops around the world, it has become common for practitioners from countries with mature EM systems to assist those in regions with developing systems. One effective and frequently used model is "train the trainers," in which a group of consultant teachers instructs a cadre of clinicians in the host region to then become the future teachers of EM in that area. This model has the advantage of overcoming cultural barriers to instruction and can lead to providing a lasting training infrastructure in the region. A key to a successful program is the use of effective and culturally appropriate teaching and feedback skills. Objectives The goal of this article is to bring together experts in adult education with experts in training in the international setting to present teaching and feedback skills and how they can be applied in different settings and cultures. Discussion Cutting edge instruction and evaluation techniques that can be employed in intercultural "train the trainers" programs will be presented. The characteristics of successful programs, using specifics from actual programs, will also be shared. Conclusion Applying the described teaching and evaluation skills with modifications based on local culture will help empower newly trained teachers who will contribute in turn to the longevity of EM in the region and set a high teaching standard that will benefit generations of future colleagues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)718-725
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Emergency Medicine


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