Teaching is the Best Way to Learn
Throughout the course of this semester, I've been a teaching assistant in the neuroanatomy course required for the first-year students in the program. I was very hesitant at the start to take this on, but I've been happy to see how quickly a lot of the information came back to me. More importantly, I'm realizing how valuable it is to teach material when you're really trying to learn something. Not only does it hold you accountable for having a true grasp of the information, but the repetitive nature of teaching makes it much more difficult to forget. It's a perfect time to be revisiting this information as I'm inching closer and closer to the point when I'll actually start applying it.
This is my first experience with formal "teaching," and it's making me consider what I want to do with my career. I'll be graduating in just over a year, and obviously between now and then I have a lot to get through. But as I get closer to having a true career path, I'm starting to wonder if teaching is something I'd like to consider. If I find my niche and start to feel comfortable with a specific patient population, I think I'd really enjoy being an adjunct faculty member. That being said, I have no plans to pursue a PhD... ever.
I'm wondering how long it takes for people to be able to teach? Do clinicians need 10 years of experience before they're considered, or does it not matter? I don't know what I want to do, but I'm excited that my interests are so vast. It's finally within grasp!