Inpatient teaching is an example of small group teaching. Other types of small group teaching include teaching any group of learners that fit around a table. Examples include pre-clinic conferences, teaching medical students on a rotation (fewer than 10), morning report, and Introductory to Clinical Medicine to medical students.
This kind of teaching requires pre-planning, extensive day 1 orientation, and careful thought about teaching strategies, which can include role playing, buzz groups, case discussion, mini-presentation, and brainstorming. (www.pediatricsinpractice.org). Precepting a small group is fun: it allows the teacher to get to know the learner and can be quite flexible in how teaching is done.
Remember, in small group teaching,
- Do a careful day 1 orientation,
- Be interactive with the group,
- Try and ask open-ended questions,
- Summarize as you go along,
- Don’t forget to give individual feedback, and then
- Evaluate what you have done.