What Do Clinical Teachers Do?

Dr. Adarsh Jha

April 27, 2023

Clinical Teachers

Clinical Teachers

Clinical teachers are medical professionals who work to educate their students in classroom settings as well as provide real-world experience. Clinical teachers play an invaluable role in helping their pupils gain knowledge and skills to prepare them for future success in the field.

As a clinical instructor, you must possess a medical license and experience working within healthcare. This field is growing quickly, so the demand for qualified professionals is also high.

Trends Influencing How Clinical Instructors Work

As teaching becomes an ever-evolving art form, clinical instructors must remain current with new and creative teaching approaches and collaborate closely with colleagues and learners to develop and incorporate these into their practices.

Staying current with trends requires clinical instructors to enlist support from peers, professional organizations, conferences/workshops/self-directed study/scholarly research activities, and self-learning opportunities. To stay abreast of these issues, clinical instructors can turn to peer mentors and professional organizations for guidance. Furthermore, opportunities exist for professional development through conferences/workshops/self-directed study and scholarly research activities.

Clinical teachers can strengthen and hone their craft by continually refining and evolving their teaching abilities. Furthermore, this allows them to better prepare students for careers as medical professionals in an engaging manner – whether teaching undergraduates or postgraduate trainees.


Clinical teachers must maintain practitioner and educator competencies and know how to provide effective client care while imparting new and emerging skills to their pupils.

As education leaders, educators must integrate knowledge from multiple fields into student-centered learning approaches and undertake self-directed study projects while initiating research and publication activity programs.

Clinical teachers often face the challenge of supporting learners with learning disabilities, substance abuse, or poor mental health issues. Therefore, they must be familiar with all applicable resources and policies about this group of students while keeping their supervisor informed about any difficulties.

Cultural Competency

As more patients come from diverse backgrounds, healthcare professionals must develop cultural competency skills to communicate effectively with these patients and ensure they receive the care they need. Doing so will improve health outcomes and ensure patients get what they require for care.

Clinical teachers need empathy as one of the essential traits necessary to effectively meet students’ needs in creating an ideal learning environment.

The organization is another essential skill that clinical instructors must possess. This allows them to stay on top of their responsibilities and ensure enough time for everything that needs to be completed.

Studies of 18 medical programs revealed that most required at least some form of cultural competency training. They employed diverse educational approaches, including personal or group reflection; lectures, presentations, readings, clinical vignettes; community interviews; international health experiences, and interactive activities.

Positive Learning Environment

Clinical instructors play a pivotal role in providing their classrooms with an ideal learning environment for their students, which immensely affects academic, emotional, and social success.

Teachers need to develop relationships with their students for an ideal learning experience by building rapport and trust with each of them as individuals, meeting with them individually, and providing honest yet realistic feedback that allows students to recognize their strengths and potential.

It may not be an easy journey, but its rewards will prove more than worthwhile.

A positive learning environment is created through several factors, including teacher interactions with students and the atmosphere in the room; students feel safe asking questions or taking risks in this type of atmosphere.