As with teaching, giving constructive feedback is an important skill to gain. Here are a few tips to make it easier. As a bonus, it’s an acronym. We all like acronyms!
We’ve all heard stories of someone going through a rotation “smoothly” and on the last day, they get a terrifically poor evaluation. Frequent feedback will allow the student to adjust to your style and improve.
Start a rotation clearly stating that you will give feedback to your students.
Try your best to give feedback on specific behaviours. No general statement such as, “your performance is not adequate”.
Give feedback about things you’ve witnessed. Let others provide their own feedback, especially if it’s “constructive”.
Get the learner’s perspective on the situation. Their point of view is important as well!
Provide a plan for improvement.
Communicate the goals and objectives for which you’ll evaluate the learner.
Respect brings respect. You may be in a position of authority, but that’s not a license to be an @$?hole.
More info on the above acronym with references.
Have thoughts to share — email me Marc-Emile@messil.com
This post is an expansion on an answer I wrote on Quora on what makes a great medical student in the clinic. It’s very similar for interns and junior residents so I thought I’d share it here.Continue reading →
It’s been said before, and I’ll say it again. The learning curve, when you’re alone to take care of around a hundred patients, is steep. Learning by doing is even truer than ever. Making the best of it is very important.Continue reading →
Every once in a while, we must be reminded of what health is exactly. As you probably know by now, health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity (WHO definition).Continue reading →