TEACHING AT THE BEDSIDE
Tip 1: Prepare Yourself and Your Student Ahead of Time
Background preparation: If necessary, conduct a quick review to familiarize yourself with the health issue, procedure, or exam at-hand.
A helpful website for basic physical exam reviews is:
http://stanfordmedicine25.stanford.edu/ (Click on the “The 25” button)
Another site that focuses primarily on inpatient exams/procedures but also includes some outpatient exams/procedures is:
A UVA site that should be familiar to our medical students, as it is part of their Clinical Performance Development (CPD) course, includes basic clinical skills (scroll down to “videos”):
The MultiMedia database at UVA also has some useful focused reference information:
You may also prepare by learning from more senior (and junior!) clinicians.
If you are familiar with the health issue but your learner is not, an alternative is to have your learner read up or review ahead of time. This will enable learners to feel more comfortable and competent when working with you and the patient.