Facilitating Small Group Instruction

0.5 Continuing Education Credit Hours

Category: Clinical Teaching - General

Small groups can provide conditions and context for meaningful and lasting learning. Collaborative learning and team work are competencies needed by physicians. Small group teaching attends to the emotional and human dimensions of learning, encouraging learners' questions, wonderment, and exploration. This module will present a systematic way of thinking about and planning for small group leadership and highlight several key leadership tasks and strategies to increase the effectiveness of small groups.


Cynthia Kreger, M.D.

Dr. Kreger is Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine and Director of Ambulatory Education in the Division of General Internal Medicine at The Ohio State University. She has devoted much of her academic career to the education of medical students, residents, and practicing physicians. Her specific interests include faculty development, the teaching of communication skills and physical examination skills, and physician well being.


  1. Describe several strategies to encourage collaboration and create a trusting environment in the small group.
  2. Describe several strategies to facilitate active participation.
  3. Describe several strategies to help consolidate learning.
  4. Describe several strategies to respond to disruptive behavior in small groups.

Online Module

When completing the on-line module you will be presented with learning objectives, brief cases, questions for reflection (not scored), and interactive lessons with hyperlinks to engage you along the way. Once you complete the lessons, you will be presented with the Post Test (which requires a score of 80%) and then the Module Evaluation, followed by the opportunity to print your Continuing Education Certificate. Modules remain available for your future reference once you have completed them.