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Where is the next generation of medical educators?

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In reply: We thank Hart and Pearce for supporting the views raised in our editorial, noting the unmet demand for medical education expertise.

We also thank Kandiah for his response, and agree that medical graduates should be “clinically competent, reliable, keen to learn and show compassion to patients and colleagues”. We believe this outcome is best achieved by strong collaborations among “skilled clinicians and excellent mentors” and medical educators, many of whom are also practising clinicians. Clinicians provide critical input to ensure the validity and authenticity of what is taught and assessed, and are an essential element of the “triad” of patient, student and clinician in clinical learning.1 Collaboration between clinicians and medical educators is not difficult because they are often embodied within the same people.

The question of proof in medical education is the subject of much activity and, as Kandiah notes, there is an increasing output of scholarship in medical education. Moreover, the quality and rigour of this output is increasing, with a growing evidence base for medical educational practice.2 Generating new knowledge…