Teaching Clinical Skills
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‘Observe, record, tabulate, communicate. Use your five senses… Learn to see, learn to hear, learn to feel, learn to smell, and know that by practice alone you can become expert’
Sir William Osler (1849–1919)
By the end of this module you should have reflected on how, why and where you teach clinical skills; be able to relate theoretical models of teaching practical skills to your own practice; and be able to plan a teaching session in different clinical environments, using real and simulated patients. You will be more aware of how information technology (IT) can augment your teaching and the learning of clinical skills, and of the assessment methods commonly employed to assess clinical skills. You will also have an opportunity to apply the learning to your own practice through carrying out activities and reflecting on them.
This module links closely to the Facilitating learning in the workplace module in this series.
Before you start
Before you start the module we recommend that you spend a few minutes thinking about the following points and noting down some of your thoughts. If you are registered on the site, you can do this in the ‘reflections area’. Click on the ‘my area’ link at the top of the page to access your personal pages. Please note that you must be logged in to do this. Please also note that you will need to contribute to the ‘reflections area’ during the course of the module in order to complete and print out your certificate.
Think about the clinical skills you commonly teach.
- Where do you teach them?
- What teaching methods do you commonly use?
- How do you assess the learning of these skills?
- What theoretical models, if any, do you base this teaching and learning on?
- What are your main reasons for studying this module?
- What aspect of your teaching practice are you hoping to improve?
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