Obtain a self-assessment first

While some practice situations involve safety concerns, in which more immediate and quick feedback is necessary (e.g., “you need to have your hands in another position so you don’t injure that knee”), most allow enough time to engage your student in a dialogue [1]. Conducting the conversation in the following order may help you and your student to have a positive experience.

  1. Begin by asking the student how she felt about the interaction – this helps students to think critically about the way in which they work
  2. Allows students to identify possible issues which you may have noted
  3. Follow-up with your comments and description of the situation
  4. Make sure you have a follow-up plan and/or future goals to address any issues

[1] Branch, W.T., & Paranjape, A. (2002). Feedback and reflection: teaching methods for clinical settings. Academic Medicine, 77(12, Part 1), 1185-1188. doi:10.1097/00001888-200212000-00005