A discussion about teaching and learning medicine was brought up in doc2doc, and this is quoted from Odysseus, in http://doc2doc.bmj.com/blogs/doctorsblog/_expect-teachers
If your students were your soldiers in boot camp and you were the drill sergeant you are responsible for their success or failure as a soldier up to a point and thus responsible for their death or survival. But no matter how hard you ride the recruit, whether or not he or she takes on board all you have told them, is still their own responsibility.
Indeed it is your responsibility as an examiner (teacher) to ensure they jump as high as the bar you set and if they fail, they will not stand the pressure of the real world and must repeat or drop out.
The real world of medicine is life and death and coronial inquests and court cases and even jail if you get it badly wrong, so raising the bar to a high level and exhorting them to jump is essential.
I just thought that this is a good piece to start a lecture with.
I’d also like to introduce the professional values for medical students from the General Medical Council UK, http://www.gmc-uk.org/education/undergraduate/professional_behaviour.asp . I’d expect all my students to read this during their preclinical years.
-Rahajeng, Semarang 30 October 2010