Education is about sharing my knowledge and experience, and facilitating learning.
As an educator at heart, I see it as my responsibility to set an example for my juniors and students. Some areas that deserve my attention include communication and professionalism, which are very important skills to be successful not only as doctors, but also in life.
Up front, I promote a no-blame and no-shame philosophy of education. I feel strongly that it is important to maintain mutual respect with students. When giving feedback to the learner, it should be based on the desire to educate, share experience and not on finding fault or putting them down.
Education is about sharing my knowledge and experience, and facilitating learning. Both the teacher and student can benefit from the encounter. Call it a cultural or paradigm shift, but a student may end up helping me through our collaborative learning.
To create an environment and a culture of future educators, I advocate the principle of making use of every opportunity to educate. Every situational encounter, from the classroom to the ward and clinics or operating theatre, can be an opportunity to impart knowledge, skills and values.
Even your most routine encounter can be an opportunity; it's a question of what we can all learn from it. Learners should periodically ask themselves what have they learnt, to challenge their assumptions and never stop learning.
"Call it a cultural or paradigm shift, but a student may end up helping me through our collaborative learning."
Educators and pedagogy are being recognised and education is beginning to take foundation as a core value in our Academic Medical Centre. We've been concentrating on service provision for the last few decades and have become very good at that.
The time is now ripe for us to develop ourselves as a Academic Medical Centre that matches our profile and reputation as a world-class healthcare delivery system.
Last but not least, I see faculty development as an essential component of equipping our teachers with the skills and knowledge to develop their experience, cultivate their attitude, and build their careers as medical educators. We need to encourage people who are keen to teach and equip them.
They must be given the opportunity to learn, and they must be humble attitude to learn. This is necessary to develop the habit of life-long learning. If everyone can approach every opportunity with a curiosity to learn, I think we have a good outlook for a healthy future in education.