Journal article

Educator as Diagnostician, Judge and Confidant: a positioning analysis of medical student support encounters

Wendy CY Hu, Robyn Woodward-Kron, Eleanor Flynn

ADVANCES IN HEALTH SCIENCES EDUCATION | SPRINGER | Published : 2019

Abstract

Medical schools, programs and educators are increasingly expected to address medical student stress and wellbeing, yet also ensure student competence and fitness to practice. Educators play a central role in supporting students when evaluating a student's concerns and in deciding whether support and/or sanction should be offered. It is not known how educators approach or resolve such potentially contradictory responses. We conducted an interview study of 21 medical educators from a range of  professional backgrounds across 11 on-campus and clinical teaching sites. Using Positioning Theory to inform our thematic analysis, we found that participants adopted an overarching position of Diagnosti..

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