Curated Collections for Educators: Five Key Papers on Clinical Teaching Academic Article uri icon

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  • The ability to teach in the clinical setting is of paramount importance. Clinical teaching is at the heart of medical education, irrespective of the learner's level of training. Learners desire and need effective, competent, and thoughtful clinical teaching from their instructors. However, many clinician-educators lack formal training on this important skill and thus may provide a variable experience to their learners. Although formal training of clinician-educators¬†is standard and required in many other countries, the United States has yet to follow suit, leaving many faculty members to fend for themselves to learn these important skills.¬† In September 2018, the Academic Life in Emergency Medicine (ALiEM) 2018-2019 Faculty Incubator program discussed the topic of clinical teaching techniques. We gathered the titles of papers that were cited, shared, and recommended within our online discussion forum and compiled the articles pertaining to the topic of clinical teaching techniques. To augment the list, the authors did a formal literature search using the search terms "teaching techniques", "clinical teaching", "medical education", "medical students", and "residents" on Google Scholar and PubMed. Finally, we posted a call for important papers on the topic of clinical teaching techniques on Twitter. Through this process, we identified 48 core articles on the topic of clinical teaching. We conducted a modified Delphi methodology to identify the key papers on the topic. In this paper, we present the five highest-rated articles based on the relevance to junior faculty and faculty developers. This article will review and summarize the articles we found to be the most impactful to improve one's clinical teaching skills.


  • Quinn, Antonia
  • Gottlieb, Michael
  • Chan, Teresa
  • Nickson, Christopher P
  • Mitzman, Jennifer
  • Natesan, Sreeja
  • Stehman, Christine
  • Young, Amanda
  • Messman, Anne

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  • November 6, 2019

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