Effective teaching means building rapport

Building rapport with learners increases the probability that students and teachers will participate in a successful learning experience [1]. Therefore, teaching in a clinical setting involves much more than just teaching students a technical skill. Students will also be observing and learning from your interpersonal skills which are a major part of their professional development. By modeling the skills necessary to build rapport, students learn how to establish trust with others.

Building rapport, with your student, through mutual trust and respect, accomplishes several things including:

  • Invites an environment of open communication, whereby you can better understand how your student learns, their general way of doing things, and how the two of you might work effectively.
  • Facilitates the process of providing feedback, which is essential to any teaching relationship.
  • Provides a model of communicating for students to follow in which they can develop relationships with other colleagues and clients.

[1] Burns, C., Beauchesne, M., Ryan-Krause, P., & Sawin, K. (2006). Mastering the Preceptor Role: Challenges of Clinical Teaching. Journal of Pediatric Health Care 20(3), 172-183. doi:10.1016/j.pedhc.2005.10.012