Principles and Methods of Clinical Instruction

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Principles and Methods of Clinical Instruction

Lisa Rollins

Course Director: Lisa Rollins, Ph.D.


Educating medical students and residents poses unique challenges. Instructors are often called upon to teach across multiple settings, including the outpatient clinic, in-patient service, and various classroom settings (e.g. small group seminar, large group lecture), among others. Each of these settings requires different teaching approaches and, at times, different skill sets on behalf of the instructor. Teaching in the clinic setting also poses additional challenges related to time management and, in the case of physician preceptors, balancing the education of a student or resident with the demands of one's own patients.

The purpose of this course is to introduce family medicine fellows to three of the most common education settings to an academic family medicine program: ambulatory clinic, small group seminar, and large group lecture. The goal is to provide participants with practical knowledge and skills that can be directly applied to these settings. Emphasis is placed on pairing knowledge and practical application, with an opportunity to utilize skills as they are developed.