Creating Effective Clinical Teaching Environments -- Basic Concepts

0.5 Continuing Education Credit Hours

Category: Clinical Teaching - General

Creating an effective clinical teaching environment for students is important for their success in understanding patient care. Residents and fellows have an important responsibility for teaching students in multiple clinical settings and often have more opportunities than faculty to influence student learning. This module will provide strategies for understanding your learners, introduce the one-minute preceptor, and provide other practical tips for teaching in the clinical environment.


Kimberly Tartaglia, M.D.

Dr. Tartaglia joined the OSU medical staff in 2008 after completing her residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Chicago. Since coming to Ohio State, she has been actively involved in several quality initiatives including improving care of patients admitted with COPD, advocating for judicious use of antibiotics, and improving communication with primary care providers around high risk medications. For her work, she was named a 2012 Top Hospitalist by the American College of Physicians.

Additionally, Dr. Tartaglia has become involved in medical student curriculum design and educational research. She has served as Associate Clerkship Director for Internal Medicine and currently serves as Associate Director for Clinical Curriculum in the Division of Hospital Medicine. In 2012, she was named Mentor of the Year award for Internal Medicine.


  1. Discuss characteristics of effective teachers.
  2. Review a framework for diagnosing learners.
  3. Learn how to create structured educational encounters.
  4. Discuss the One-Minute Preceptor as a micro-teaching technique.
  5. Review the importance of reflection.

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.