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Residents As Teachers - Teaching at the Bedside - Tip 5: Let the Learner do the Work
Teaching at the Bedside


Tip 5: Let the learner do the work

Observation (by you) is a vital aspect of learner-centered bedside teaching.

Observation enables you to assess the learner's needs and provides an opportunity for instant feedback. For example,

Have the student percuss the liver and provide feedback +/- corrective demonstration

Despite our preconceptions, patients often like to be used for teaching:

It increases their interaction time with doctors
It makes them feel that they are contributing