Learning goals for this module

  1. List the six steps of the One-Minute Preceptor model of clinical teaching.
  2. Identify sample questions for each of the six steps.
  3. Integrate the One-Minute Preceptor model into your clinical teaching.
Estimated Time:
40 Minutes


Physicians face many challenges in the day-to-day pursuit of their profession, and those who choose to teach in the clinical setting face the further challenge of efficiently and effectively providing instruction. No matter what leaner or their level of skill and training, the challenge of integrating teaching into your day-to-day routine remains. Fortunately, tools and techniques have been developed to assist you, as a preceptor. A tested and valuable approach is the One-Minute Preceptor.

Initially introduced as the "Five-Step Microskills Model of Clinical Teaching" (Neher, Gordon, Meyer, & Stevens, 1992), the One-Minute Preceptor strategy has been taught and tested across the nation (Irby 1997a, 1997b; STFM, 1993) and has been welcomed by busy preceptors. The dissemination of this technique has been allowed and encouraged, and we are pleased to be able to present it to you as part of our Preceptor Faculty Development Program.