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Talking to patients: Changes over time


Being taught how to teach
Harold Lambert Physician
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You start teaching when you're a houseman, don't you? The students come, then you're a registrar; you teach more and when you're a consultant you teach a lot or you don't teach much and then you do lecturing and you do seminars and you have individual groups and nobody has ever said anything to me about teaching. Now, I'm sure even more than patient contact that's an area in which I do think there's a lot of rubbish talked about it actually but I do think that people like me would have done it a lot better if we'd been taught about to teach and I think there's element of both. You do need the experience and you need some guidance about where you go right and wrong. I should, I should imagine you'd know much more about this, these videoed things about... I mean I... I would guess they'd be terribly, terribly useful.

British doctor Harold Lambert (1926-2017) spent his career tackling infectious diseases, helping in the development of pyrazinamide as an effective treatment for tuberculosis. He also published work on the rational use of antibiotics and was a trustee and medical advisor for the Meningitis Research Foundation.

Listeners: Roger Higgs

Roger Higgs was an inner city GP for 30 years in south London, UK, and is Emeritus Professor of General Practice at Kings College London, where he set up the department.

He gained scholarships in classics at Cambridge but changed to medicine after a period of voluntary work in Kenya in 1962. He was Harold Lambert's registrar for 18 months in the early 1970s, the most influential and exciting episode in his hospital training. He set up his own practice in 1975. He helped to establish medical ethics as a practical and academic subject through teaching, writing and broadcasting, and jointly set up the 'Journal of Medical Ethics' in 1975.

His other work included studies in whole person assessment and narrative in general practice and development work in primary medical care: innovations here included intermediate care centres, primary care assessment in accident and emergency departments, teaching internal medicine in general practice and establishing counselling services in medicine.

He was made MBE in 1987 for this development work and now combines bioethics governance, teaching and writing with an arts based retirement.

Tags: seminars, patient contact, registrar, consultant, houseman

Duration: 47 seconds

Date story recorded: October 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008