Orienting students and setting expectations are the foundations of a good clinical learning experience. Skilled clinical teaching will be lost on a student who is preoccupied with trying to figure out what they should do, what they are supposed to learn and know, what and how much they are supposed to do with a patient, or even how they will find the bathroom
In some sites, ancillary providers or staff may quickly provide this on the student’s first day. If you would like to write any specific and consistent expectations of your site for students to review prior to the first day, the clerkship director or clinical faculty director can provide this before the rotation begins. Some clinical sites may provide an "Orientation PowerPoint." If you would like to do this with narration, FIU has very easy-to-use PowerPoint narration software provide by the IT support staff.
This is a tool adapted from Boston University that you can use when you first meet the student to orient them to your teaching and site:
ONE MINUTE LEARNER, adapted from Boston University
- GOALS: Learner’s level of experience; Learner’s and Your Goals
- GETTING GOING: When, how and who should the learner see?
- HOW MUCH and HOW LONG Focused or Full?
- PRESENTING: Where and how?
- CHARTING: When and how?
- QUESTIONS: When is a good time to ask questions that come up?
- USE OF TECHNOLOGY* When can learners use phones/ipads to look up the answers to clinical questions? At the moment of care or later?
- UNSTABLE PATIENTS* How would you describe an unstable patient? When should the learner immediately get you to assess a patient?
- LOGISTICS* who’s on the team/reporting/residents, lunch, bathroom, entry codes, daily schedule/activities/roles for student (even if faculty not on floor)
*added by S.Minor at FIU
For further information about the One Minute Learner, click here:
You can also ask your staff to orient the students to:
- How patients move through the office
- How the student may help
- How to contact the office or hospital team in case of personal emergency
- Where to put personal belongings and any possible independent workspace
- Exam rooms equipment, supplies, and organization
- Clinical tests performed in the office
- Patient education materials
- EMR Access
- Retrieving test results
- Ordering tests and consultations
- Scheduling follow-up appointments