Teaching is a practice option that involves instructing medical students, residents, fellows, students in other health professions, and established physicians. Activities include teaching basic science courses to first- and second-year medical students, teaching clinical skills to third- and fourth-year students, supervising medical student research projects, focused training of residents in their chosen specialty, and providing continuing medical education courses for practicing physicians. Over the past few decades, focus on teaching has intensified.

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  • Doctor in front of a classroom

    The tripartite mission of teaching, research, and clinical care defines academic medicine and creates an exciting, intellectually stimulating work environment. Many career tracks — and thus a wide variety of satisfying careers — are available for academic physicians and scientists.

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  • Medical students in an anatomy class

    Education career paths divide into teacher clinician and educator, paths where faculty members spend greater than 50 percent of their time focused on educating medical students, residents, and fellows. These physicians spend the remainder of their time performing a combination of patient care, research, and administration activities based on institutional needs and the faculty member's interests and responsibilities.

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