Residents and other clinical eduators often have to teach while performing other tasks such as direct patient care, planning, or office management. Neher, et al. 1991 developed from observation and experience a structured approach to teaching clinicians how to teach, Microskills. The Microskills approach varies in its implementation at different institutions, but the components are much the same.
The original structure has 5 core phases: (1) Get a commitment; (2) Probe for supporting evidence; (3) Teach general rules; (4) Reinforce what was right; and (5) Correct mistakes (Neher et al. 1992; also, Neher & Stevens, 2003). A five-step “microksills” model of clinical teaching. Journal of American Board of Family Practice 5:419-424.. OMSE has adapted this structured approach to promote an emphasis on reflection for, in and on learning (Schön, 1983; Plack & Santasier, 2005) (see figure).
Neher, J.O., K.C. Gordon, B. Meyer & N. Stevens (1992). A five-step “microksills” model of clinical teaching. Journal of American Board of Family Practice 5:419-424.
Neher JO, Stevens NG. (2003). The one-minute preceptor: shaping the teaching conversation. Fam Med 35(6):391-3.