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MONTERO, Luz et al. Barriers for faculty development in medical education: a qualitative study. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2012, vol.140, n.6, pp.695-702. ISSN 0034-9887.

Background: Since 2000, the medical school of the Catholic University of Chile (EMUC) has offered courses for its faculty as part of a Diploma in Medical Education (DEM). However by 2009, 41% of faculty had never taken any courses. Aim: To explore the reasons why faculty choose not to participate in these courses. Material and Methods: Semi-structured interviews to seven faculty members, all of whom have an active role in teaching but who had not taken any DEM courses. The sampling was intentional and guided by theory. Based on Grounded theory, the data was analyzed using open, axial and selective coding. Results: Three categories emerged from the analysis. First, the characteristics of a "good teacher" and what it means to be a good teacher. Second, the current status of teaching. Third, the barriers to participate in courses of DEM. Non-attendance is multifactorial; teaching is seen as a natural skill that is difficult to be trained, teaching has a lower priority than other activities, and there are many barriers perceived for attendance. Conclusions: With these results we developed a model to explain the reasons why faculty choose not to participate in these courses. The lower value of teaching and the multiple roles that teachers have, are highlighted.

Keywords : Education, medical; Faculty, medical; Perception; Qualitative research; Teaching.

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