Clinical teaching is time-limited. You will be modeling how to think on your feet in a busy practice or hospital, how to assess the basic facts, weigh the most likely options based on your knowledge & expertise, and quickly establish a reasonable diagnosis and treatment plan. The student will be learning as he watches you and tries to practice what he observes. To facilitate his learning:
- Ask the student what he thinks the patient’s main problem is & what causes he suspects
- Check to see what evidence she can supply
- Reinforce his efforts & accuracies, and gently redirect errors in reasoning
- Briefly mention a relevant general principle that applies in this and similar cases
- Check to see if the student needs additional information (if she does, refer her to resources)
- End with a concluding statement and move on to the next patient or task.