Education Series| Volume 167, ISSUE 3, P532-534, March 2020

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Educational strategies to foster bedside teaching

  • Roger H. Kim
    Division of General Surgery, Department of Surgery, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield
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  • John D. Mellinger
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    Division of General Surgery, Department of Surgery, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield
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      Owing to increasing external pressures on both faculty and learners, the practice of bedside teaching is declining. The objective of this paper is to provide an overview of educational strategies to foster bedside teaching in the current clinical practice environment for surgical educators. General strategies include building a culture within the program that promotes the atmosphere of a learning community, and providing scaffolding for trainees that fosters gradual progression to autonomous practice. Specific techniques for bedside teaching include CAMEO, the “one-minute preceptor”, and mini-presentations or peer-teaching. The intentional and proactive implementation of these strategies alongside others can assist educators in capturing the “redeemable moments” that occur in the course of routine clinical care at the patient’s bedside.
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