‘One Minute Preceptor’ method

The “One Minute Preceptor” method, described by Neher, Gordon, Meyer and Stevens (1992), is a quick and focused way to teach in the busy context of a clinical setting, and can be used effectively when there is little time for lengthy discussions. [1]

The “One Minute Preceptor” uses the following five ‘microskills’:

  1. Get a commitment from the learner. (What do you think is going on here/what are the most important issues?)
  2. Request evidence to support the above conclusions. (Can you tell me what you’re basing that on/how you arrived at that?)
  3. Introduce general rules. (In these kinds of cases, (insert general rule).
  4. Reinforce correct conclusions (You’re right about (blank)
  5. Correct any mistakes. (One thing that you need to keep in mind here is (blank)).

[1] Neher, J., Gordon, K., Meyer, B., & Stevens, N. (1992). A five-step “microskills” model of clinical teaching. Journal of American Board of Family Practice, 5, 419-424.