Clinical Teacher Program
In 2016, a group of enthusiastic faculty members at Spectrum Health and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine identified a need for a comprehensive faculty development for clinical teachers. In following meetings, the Clinical Teacher Program was developed. Based on a needs-assessment of clinical faculty, resident physicians and medical students, a multi-day course was created. It consisted of seven modules, an Objective Structured Teaching Assessment and a refresher course.
Since its start in September 2017, 19 courses have been held with more than 151 attendees from varying medical fields. These medical specialties include internal medicine, pediatrics, hospitalists, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, emergency medicine, family medicine, neurology and many others.
The goal of the program is to empower physicians while refining their confidence in teaching, assessing and providing feedback to learners. When physicians are well equipped to teach, it impacts the learning environment in the clinical setting and benefits the patients, department, team-collaboration and the learning process for all.
Spectrum Health, in collaboration with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, will create a culture of academic excellence by cultivating professional and personal development in clinical faculty by:
- Developing and enhancing physician teaching, assessment, and feedback skills.
- Improving the learning environment at Spectrum Health.
Program Goals and Objectives
At the end of this program, participants will:
- Improve their ability to effectively teach in busy ambulatory settings.
- Expand their knowledge to assess resident or medical student performance by direct observation.
- Improve their ability to give constructive and effective feedback to learners.
- Increase their capability to teach clinical procedures.
- Practice evaluating residents using competency-based assessments.
Learn more about the program
1. Individual Learning Plan (ILP) - What is the function of an ILP and how can you use it for you learners?
2a. One-Minute Preceptor - Improve your ability to teach effectively and efficiently in the busy ambulatory setting.
2b. Orientation to A new rotation - How to effectively set the tone and expectations for your rotation.
3. Observation and Assessment - Increase your competence in the direct observation of learners in the clinical setting; Tips and tricks for performing a reliable and valid assessment in the clinical setting.
4. Giving and Receiving Feedback - Explore why feedback giving is difficult we cover five-step method on how to provide feedback (Pendleton’s Rules)
5. Difficult Conversations - Share tips on difficult conversation, why are they difficult and 4-step model to guide you through these conversations
6. Clinical Skills Teaching - Explore how to teach different type skills in a four step process as explained in Peyton’s rules, and discuss how this can be adjusted to your teaching process.
7. Competency Based Assessment - How can you make your evaluations of Competencies and Milestone more effective for residents, Programs Directors and Clinical Competence Committees?
Learn more in the sample agendas for day one and two of the Clinical Teacher Program and for the booster course.
Participants will receive 13 CME hours for day one and two, and six CME hours for the booster course. All sessions must be attended to receive credit. After completion of all sessions including the Objective Structured Teaching Evaluations (OSTE), participants receive a Clinical Teacher Program Certificate.
All sessions are held at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, MI. Participants will also be involved in a half-day teaching simulation lab to practice skills in Michigan State University Secchia Center.
Eligibility and Cost
Eligibility is limited to physicians and Advanced Practice Providers involved in the education of residents and medical students at Spectrum Health. This course is not yet open for a broader audience. There is no cost to participate. If you have questions, please contact Paige Parmelee: Paige.Parmelee@Spectrumhealth.org.
Get to know our teachers
Our teachers are a diverse group from a variety of backgrounds with unique experiences and interests. We look forward to getting to know you as well!
- The approach to the difficult conversation was great - not an easy task but such an important one. A key responsibility of being a teacher/preceptor is being able to have the difficult conversation.
- The course helps you realize it's okay to only teach or observe or give feedback on portions of tasks/procedures.
- We enjoyed the One-Minute-Preceptor, Pendleton rules, and learning variety of teaching techniques and skills to use in precepting in busy office.
- It was a wonderful opportunity to practice the skills we were taught. This is so important as a clinical educator to ensure proper feedback and to make sure my skills are up to the best they can be for teaching.
- This should be offered to all preceptors! I love that it is an offered benefit at no cost - shows SH/MSUs commitment to increase the quality of medical education.
- Great breakdown of teaching methods. Provided a good chance for self-reflection about how I teach.
- I liked the framework to structure how to teach and give feedback.
- Learning a new and better approach to teaching that engages learners at a higher level. I loved how interactive it [Bedside Skills Teaching] was and having the opportunity to play the role of a learner, teacher and observer and learning new skills.
Monica van de Ridder, PhD, MSc & Candace Smith-King, MD, FAAP
Practical tips and a model to deal with difficult conversations.
Individual Learning Plan – Sept. 20, 5:30 –6:30 p.m.
Beth Kurt, MD & Rebecca Veele, MD
How to use an individual learning plan (ILP) as a trainee and as an attending?
Professionalism – Oct. 25, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Laurie Seaver, MD, FACMG, FAAP & TaLawnda Bragg, MD, FACP
What is professionalism, and do how we teach, assess, and remediate it.
Difficult Conversations Related to Professionalism – Nov. 15, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Monica van de Ridder, PhD, MSc & Lisa Lowery, MD, MPH, FACP
Practical tips and a model to deal with difficult conversations focused on professionalism issues.