The 5 Precepting Microskills
The 5 Precepting Microskills provide a helpful framework for working with learners in clinical settings. This approach was initially introduced as the “Five Step Microskills Model of Clinical Teaching” (Neher, Gordon, Meyer, & Stevens, 1992) and has been found to be effective both as a general teaching approach (Aagaard, Teherani, Irby, 2004) and as a teaching approach used specifically by residents (Furney et al., 2001).
The Precepting Microskills include 5 components that each independently address important teaching components, but when applied together, provide an “integrated strategy for instruction.” They include:
- Get a commitment
- Probe for supporting evidence
- Teach general rules
- Reinforce what was done well
- Give guidance about errors and omissions