Learning from Teaching

  • Phil P. Manning
  • Lois Debakey


The word “doctor” is from the Latin docere, meaning to teach. The title of “doctor” became associated with the medical profession after the fifteenth century, probably because only the medical doctors, of all the members of faculties, went out among the people. “Doctor,” by common usage, thus became associated with medicine. Physicians often find themselves teaching patients, colleagues, other associates, and the general public. Academic physicians have primary responsibilities for teaching, but all practicing physicians have such opportunities. In our interviews, we have explored teaching as a method of learning for the physician, have elicited ways of ensuring self-education as a by-product of teaching, have reviewed the attributes of master teachers, and have discovered how practicing physicians create opportunities to teach clinical medicine.


Medical Student Practice Physician Pernicious Anemia House Officer Ward Round 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Phil P. Manning
    • 1
  • Lois Debakey
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.School of MedicineUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Baylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA
  3. 3.New OrleansUSA

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