Effective Teaching Using Multiple Methods

 Identifying what to teach is equally as important as identifying when and how to teach.  Before each interaction with a student, teachers need to determine what their teaching goal is for that encounter. In today’s busy clinical environment, it is not an effective use of teaching time to attempt to teach everything within one case. Rather, an effective teacher is able to recognize what student’s need to know and emphasizes this in a brief, simple, focused method in order to improve retention. Strive to effectively utilize varying teaching methods to accomplish this goal.

Quick Tips

  • Recognize that the goal may change based on the encounter
  • Be ready to switch to a different method based on changing goals
  • Always keep in mind the learner's preferred learning methods

Authors: Mandi Sehgal, MD, Christine Clevenger, Ed.S.

  1. Ralhan S, Bhogal P, Bhatnagar G, et al. Effective teaching skills – how to become a better medical educator. BMJ 2012; 344:e765. 
  2. Pettit J, Rosenbaum M. Strengthening Your Teaching Toolbox. MedEdPORTAL Publications; 2014