MANUSCRIPT: Clinicians should be aware of their responsibilities as role models: a case report on the impact of poor role modeling
Background : Role modeling is an important and valuable educational method. It is predominant throughout under-graduate medical education, and attributes of exemplary medical role models are manifold. Aim : This article describes the impact of poor role modeling on medical students’ professional and personal development on the basis of a singular incident at an associated teaching hospital. In addition, scientific literature studying the effect of and the reasons behind poor role modeling in undergraduate and graduate medical education is analyzed and discussed. Results : To maximize the educational potential of clinical role modeling, medical schools have to consider strategies both on the individual as well as on the institutional level. Several suggestions are offered on both levels. Discussion/conclusion : Based on a case report of significantly poor role modeling, this article outlines strategies through which academic medical institutions may maximize the educational potential of role modeling and lastingly enhance teaching proficiency of clinical faculty.