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Bedside Teaching

Bedside Teaching

Bedside teaching is a time-honored method of clinical teaching that is losing emphasis due to time pressure, sicker patients, regulations, etc. The method has been criticized, mainly for being inefficient and for making patients feel exposed and uncomfortable. However, the limited research on bedside teaching indicates that over 80% of patients enjoyed the process and believed they learned more about their illness because of bedside teaching. Studies also indicate that learners and less experienced physicians feel uncomfortable and insecure teaching at the bedside.  Best practices for valuable inpatient rounds teaching, including bedside teaching can be found in these references:   

Twelve Tips to Improve Bedside Teaching
Subha Ramani Medical Teacher 2003. 25(2):112-115.
https://geiselmed.dartmouth.edu/afme/pdf/12%20Tips%20for%20Bedside%20Teaching.pdf  

MiPLAN: A Learner-Centered Model for Bedside Teaching in Today's Academic Medical Centers.
Stickrath C, Aagaard E, Anderson M. Academic Medicine. 2013 Mar;88(3):322-7.

Bedside Teaching in Medical Education: A Literature Review
Max Peters and Olle ten Cate. 2014 Apr; 3(2): 76-88.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3976479/

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