Jonas Johnson, MD, spoke about the responsibilities physicians face as teachers in his presidential address to the Triological Society. Specifically, he called on attendees to:
Recognize the Stakes Involved in How Well You Teach
“The responsibility that each one of you has every day is amazing,” Dr. Johnson said. “So now we’re going to teach someone how to do surgery. How can you do that? How can you let a junior person help you cut another human being?” The only way otolaryngologists can accomplish this, he said, is to be convinced that the trainee is doing it as well as the teacher could. “Anything else is completely unethical,” he added.