Faculty Instructional Development


Residents as Educators Orientation

Every year, approximately 200 new residents arrive to work at Banner University Medical Center and help teach medical students at the UA College of Medicine.


The annual Residents as Educators (RAE) Orientation is designed to promote interns' awareness of their strengths for teaching and reflect on good teaching practices as they begin a new career both as clinicians and clinician educators. 


In in response to exit surveys and audience polls conducted at each RAE Orientation since 2012, the RAE Orientation reduced session length to 1.5 hours, beginning in 2015.

The orientation combines an overview of key concepts describing a straightforward approach for teaching in clinical settings, and utlizes case-based scenariors to promote reflection and discussion on how to use that approach in teaching medical students.

Ongoing study of RAE Orientation activities

Results of an ongoing study of incoming interns' perceptions of teaching and educator development (results from RAE Orientations, 2012-2015) indicate that incoming interns...

  • Identify personal attributes as key to good teaching or being a good teacher
  • Identify patience, approachability and knowledge as the top 3 attributes of good teachers
  • Have prior teaching experience
  • Feel prepared to teach (ranging from somewhat to very prepared)
  • Recognize the value of ongoing educator development activities, even when they have prior teaching experience
  • Possess the strengths and awareness necessary to teach our medical students./li>

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