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Bedside Teaching

William T. Branch, Jr., MD

I. The presentation

Establishing a learning climate

Orienting the team
Conveying openness and enthusiasm for learning
Choice of a setting
Conference room or bedside
Special aspects of bedside presentations
The presentation
How to begin
Length and detail
To interrupt or not?

Learning about the patient vs. concentrating on the learner
Use of open questions to asses the learners' level of knowledge and clinical reasoning ability
Clarifying, broadening, justifying, or hypothetical questions
Priming for the examination, setting learning goals

Be a role model
Be a "coach"

II. Teaching in the exam room

Role modeling

First build the relationship with the learner
Point our what you will model
Elicit feedback and practice

Coaching and teaching clinical skills

Show one, do one, teach one
Teaching higher level skills: communications skills, diagnostic reasoning, medical ethics, professionalism
Setting up an exercise: eg advanced communications skills, informed consent, explanatory models, advance

Demonstrating humanism and compassion at the bedside

Some ways of master teachers

III. Holding three-way conversations at the bedside

Setting up a three-way conversation
Advantages and disadvantages

Avoid marginalizing the learner
Involve the patient

IV. Summary and didactics

Give the "general rule"
More detailed teaching, making assignments, mini-lectures, or teaching scripts
Opportunities for higher level teaching: providing feedback; addressing ethics and professionalism, communications skills,
or housestaff stress

Selected References

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