Bringing Education and Service Together (BEST): Resident Physicians' Curriculum in Clinical Teaching Skills

Format Publication ID Version Published
Case, Multimedia 104 1 January 22, 2005
University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine


This longitudinal teaching skills program for generalist residents can be conducted by residency faculty in about 15 hours, primarily during one-hour conferences. Modules include: (1) leading teams/role modeling, (2) orienting learners, (3) giving feedback, (4) bedside teaching, (5) teaching procedures, (6) group teaching/inpatient work rounds, (7) teaching charting, and (8) giving mini-lectures. During each session, interdisciplinary groups of residents discuss teaching skills and actively practice the skills in pairs or trios. Each resident teaches "standardized learners" (portrayed by classmates using teaching cases) for approximately ten minutes per session, and then receives feedback using checklists based on the Stanford Faculty Development Program.


Morrison E. Bringing Education and Service Together (BEST): Resident Physicians' Curriculum in Clinical Teaching Skills. MedEdPORTAL; 2005. Available from:


  • Charting, Role Modeling, Mini Lecture, Bedside, Teachers

Competencies Addressed

  • Medical
    • Interpersonal & Communication Skills
    • Personal & Professional Development
    • Practice-based Learning & Improvement
    • Professionalism

Academic Focus

  • Clinical Sciences
    • Clinical Skills/Doctoring

Professional Interest

  • Communication Skills
  • Leadership & Organizational Development
  • Teaching Skills

Intended Audience

  • Professional School Post-Graduate Training
    • Fellow
    • Resident

Instructional Methods

  • Lecture
  • Team-based Learning

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