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Tip of the week: Teaching strategies for patient care

Residency Program Insider, August 2, 2010

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When developing your curriculum, you will find more than adequate opportunity for not only teaching the competency of patient care, but also evaluating it. For example, every patient encounter and every case conference is a hands-on setting for teaching patient care. The patient care competency is usually the first addressed by medical educators when designing the curriculum because it is the most readily identifiable within the existing educational structure.

The patient care competency is taught during everyday interactions between faculty members and residents in the operating room, wards, and clinics. The challenge is to capture and document these interactions as teaching and learning activities.

These interactions occur with both formal and informal structures in patient and nonpatient settings.

Patient settings include, but are not limited to, the following activities:

  • The day-to-day bedside care of the patient
  • Interactions with nursing and ancillary staff members regarding patient needs and treatment plans
  • Rounds
  • Outpatient practices
  • Operative procedures

Nonpatient settings include, but are not limited to, the following activities:

  • Skills labs
  • Didactic lectures
  • Case conferences
  • Small group discussions
  • Patient sign-out activities
  • Journal clubs
  • Interactions between attending and resident physicians to discuss patient

This week’s question and answer are from A Practical Guide for Teaching and Assessing the ACGME Core Competencies, 2nd edition. Download the rest of the Professionalism Chapter on our Web site by clicking on the Browse the Book icon.
 



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