Teaching and Assessing Clinical Skills

The purpose of this course is to improve feedback, clinical teaching, and assessment of clinical skills.

About The Course

Clinical teaching takes place in the clinical setting for health professions. Clinical teachers have the challenging and meaningful responsibility to convey the bedside art and science of medical practice. This course will provide clinicians with the tools to improve their clinical teaching and assessment practices. This course provides instruction and experience for educating members of the health professions an asynchronous way to obtain, expand, and improve their clinical teaching skills. While many courses seek to build knowledge and knowledge application, this course will extend the application to performance- based skills. These skills can be applied within their own professional context, with a variety of learners, extending across many stages. We will ask you go out and apply the skills you are learning and then come back and reflect discuss with classmates.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, learners will:

  1. Learn a variety of applied teaching techniques
  2. Be able to have an effective feedback discussion
  3. Be able to orient the learner in their clinical setting
  4. Be able to analyze the RIME* level of the learner and share strategies for learner to improve
  5. Understand and apply entrustment and autonomy to effectively supervise and teach residents
  6. Share successful strategies in these areas
  7. Integrate these teaching and assessing strategies successfully in their clinical environment

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class? Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.
  • What resources will I need for this class? For this course, all you need is an Internet connection some time to participate and a clinical context in which you can practice these skills.
  • What is the coolest thing I’ll learn if I take this class?  You will learn techniques that improve your clinical teaching.
  • Can I use materials from this course for my own instructional purposes?Yes! Unless otherwise noted, material from this course is made available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 License.   

Recommended Background

The appropriate background is a health professional working with learners in the clinical environment. This course is provided by physicians and therefore aimed at physician learners. We think that the principles can be applied to all of the health professions.