Integrate Learners Into Your Team

When a learner joins your clinic, make every effort to integrate them into your clinical team  as part of their education in team-based quality care. This can be done by encouraging the learner to learn the roles of your team members and by having team members assign tasks to the learner whenever possible. If your clinic uses team huddles, include learners by asking them to not only listen, but to also contribute ideas.

You can also foster a culture of teamwork and collaboration by giving students and staff explicit permission to use each other’s skills. Encourage the learner to request or obtain point-of-care tests within clear limits, follow a patient from door-to-door in order to intimately understand clinical flow, and collaborate with the team on medical reconciliation or discharge instructions. 

More About Integrating a Learner

Visit the Orienting a Learner section to learn more about integrating a learner into your clinic.