Teaching the Student With Little Clinical Experience

Your clinic will provide students with countless learning opportunities through patient encounters. However, ifstudents have little clinical experience, they may be nervous about their role and uncertain about how to navigate the clinical environment with both patients and other staff. You can greatly enhance their learning by setting clear expectations for their duties and giving specific directions what to do during the day.

Share your clinical policies with students to clarify standards of professionalism and appropriate patient care. Take some time to set clear expectations regarding patient encounters and what you expect them to achieve. Be as specific as possible about what to do during an encounter, how long to take, and what to report back to you. This will set them up for success and maximize the effectiveness of your teaching.

More About Teaching Medical Students

Visit the Precepting Principles section for more information about teaching medical students with little-to-no clinical experience.