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Teaching at the bedside: a new model.

Authors
  • Janicik, Regina W
  • Fletcher, Kathlyn E
Type
Published Article
Journal
Medical teacher
Publication Date
Mar 01, 2003
Volume
25
Issue
2
Pages
127–130
Identifiers
PMID: 12745518
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The patient is at the center of clinical medicine. In order to effectively teach clinical skills a teacher must learn to involve patients in the educational process. It is through this process that learners acquire the skills of observation, communication, examination and professionalism. Despite the importance of teaching with the patient present, many clinical teachers are hesitant to teach at the bedside. This paper describes a workshop on bedside teaching. The authors present barriers and advantages discussed during the workshop as well as a 'Model of Best Bedside Teaching Practices', which emerged after conducting the workshop for over 135 medical educators. The model includes suggested skills for effective bedside teaching that are arranged into three domains: attending to patient comfort, focused teaching and group dynamics.

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