Teaching Students in the Ambulatory Setting II: Patient Care Skills

0.25 Continuing Education Credit Hours

Category: Clinical Teaching - Ambulatory

While physicians must be knowledgeable, knowledge alone is insufficient. Physicians must also be skillful. Careful and thorough clinical assessments by health professionals are necessary to arrive at accurate decision making and to limit unnecessary testing. The clinical assessments by physicians rely heavily on skillfully taking a history, performing an examination, and astutely observing patients. This module focuses on methods of explicitly coaching students in the essential clinical skills necessary for the independent practice of medicine.


Cynthia Ledford, M.D.

Dr. Ledford is dual certified in Internal Medicine and in Pediatrics and is a Stanford Faculty Development Program in Clinical Teaching trained facilitator. She served the College of Medicine in roles of Clerkship Director of Internal Medicine and Assistant Dean for Evaluation and Assessment.  Dr. Ledford is currently the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Clinical Education at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.


  1. Name three strategies for teaching history taking.
  2. Name three strategies for teaching physical examination skills.
  3. Identify strategies for creating opportunities for students to learn how to effectively document in notes.
  4. Describe expectations and strategies for developing a student's oral presentation skills.

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.