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Clinical Teaching Environments

This teaching site is composed of mini-teaching modules, designed to give quick facts about teaching issues.

Bedside teaching has long been considered the most effective method to teach clinical and communication skills. Although obstacles are acknowledged, this article is a detailed description of teaching strategies that could facilitate a return to the bedside for clinical teaching.

A collection of resources compiled by the University of Kansas School of Medicine - Wichita. Discusses the benefits & hurdles of this teaching style.  

Clinical review of essential practices of leaders in medical education.

Modules reviewing essentials of all elements of a head to toe physical exam, including quizzes for each section.

Compilation of 25 online physical exam resources, including articles and videos. Provides a refresher of techniques that are not emphasized in the third and fourth year of medical school or in an internal medicine residency.

The University of Saskatchewan has compiled a number of resources ranging from teaching strategies to assessments for clinical education settings. 

Overview of the One Minute Preceptor teaching strategy

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Small Group Teaching Environments

Three strategies to managing learning in small groups.

Quick guide to small group learning. 

Overview on the TBL method of teaching.

Methods for Teaching Medicine explores not only the traditional methods of teaching medicine but also those that are more cutting edge and identifies the criteria teachers can use to decide which method to use.  

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Lecture Teaching Environments

Six methods of engaging students in large lecture hall settings.

Offers tips to help medical educators in their teaching endeavors.

BMJ article discussing the importance of large lecture planning & student interaction.

Tips on effectively teaching using cases studies. 

Methods for Teaching Medicine explores not only the traditional methods of teaching medicine but also those that are more cutting edge and identifies the criteria teachers can use to decide which method to use.

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Course Design

BMJ article detailing the importance of curriculum design in medical education.

Tool for all levels of course design and development.

Three part tutorial that walks through the phases of designing effective and innovative courses.

Instructional model designed by L. Dee Fink which provides a framework for cultivating significant learning.

Value of learning objective and they promote learning.


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Assessment & Evaluations

MedEdPORTAL Publications and Georgia Regents University have compiled DREAM publications which include an assessment instrument and a peer reviewed critical analysis of the literature surrounding the use of the instrument.  

Table detailing different assessment methods based upon objectives & activities of course.

Discussion on general issues of written assessments and pros/cons of commonly used written methods.

Overview of skill based assessments and alternative approaches.

Explains what is meant by work based assessment and provides a classification scheme for current methods.