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Teaching in the Hospital


Elements of effective clinical teaching:

  1. Engage the student in the process—stimulate interest & ownership
  2. Be clear in your expectations
  3. Gradually increase the student’s independence
  4. Keep the lessons simple & brief
  5. Encourage the student to think on her own & explain her reasoning to you
  6. Model effective & sensitive patient care
  7. Describe your thought process aloud to the student
  8. Allow opportunity for the student to practice what you have modeled
  9. Reinforce the student’s efforts & tactfully make any needed corrections
  10. Provide as much variety of experience as possible

Selected Readings

  • The Clinician-Educator's Handbook
    20 chapter book addresses a wide variety of issues of clinical education. Designed so that most chapters can be read free-standing and can be used as a reference when looking for specific information.  The authors have divided general teaching techniques (such as establishing goals and objectives, setting curriculum, and asking questions) into their own chapters, distinct from setting-specific chapters.
  • Wiese JG, ed. Teaching in the Hospital. Philadelphia: ACP Pr; 2010.
  • Wiese JG. Making SOAPS SAFER: An Outline for Teaching Students How to Perform the Oral Case Presentation. The Portal of Geriatric Online Education. October 24, 2006.
  • Hauer KE, Teherani A, Wiese JG; Fenton CL. A strategy to standardize the learning of core clerkship objectives. Advances in Health Sciences Education. 2003; 8: 213-221.
  • Wiese JG, Saint S, Tierney L; The spoken case presentation: issues and recommendations.  Seminars in Medical Practice. 2002; 5(3): 29-37.
  • Wiese JG, Varosy P, Tierney L; Improving oral presentation skills with a clinical reasoning curriculum: a prospective, controlled study. American Jo Med. 2002; 112: 5-12.
  • Wiese JG. The Answer Book: A Guide to the Clinical Wards, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, New York, NY; 2005.
  • Mann S, Sachs BP, Lessons from the cockpit: Using teamwork to improve patient safety. Contemp Ob Gyn. 2006 Jan:51(1) 34-45

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