Tips for Effective Bedside Clinical Teaching

Publication ID Published Version
220 July 24, 2006 1


This resource represents how bedside teaching is considered one of the most important clinical teaching methods, yet clinical teaching is gravitating to conference rooms and corridors. Examples of skills best taught at the bedside include communication skills, clinical skills and professionalism. Several barriers and challenges to bedside teaching have been reported and many clinical teachers are uncertain about effective strategies for resolving them.

This workshop will review:

  1. Definition and learning outcomes of bedside teaching.
  2. Application of educational principles of experiential learning to bedside teaching.
  3. Techniques for effective bedside teaching.
  4. Challenges to bedside teaching.
  5. Small group work: Solutions to specific challenges.
  6. Take home messages from audience.


Ramani S. Tips for Effective Bedside Clinical Teaching. MedEdPORTAL Publications; 2006. Available from:

Educational Objectives

  1. To be able to understand definition of bedside teaching and the learning outcomes of a bedside teaching encounter.
  2. To be able to gain knowledge of the principles, benefits of experiential learning and apply them to their own bedside teaching.
  3. To be able to learn teaching strategies for effective teaching at the bedside.
  4. To be able to discuss challenges for bedside teachers and generate possible solutions in small groups.


  • Bedside, Experiential, Education


  • Interpersonal & Communication Skills
  • Patient Care
  • Practice-based Learning & Improvement
  • Professionalism

Professional Interest

  • Teaching Skills

Instructional Methods

  • Workshop

Academic Focus

  • Clinical Sciences
    • Clinical Skills/Doctoring

Intended Audience

  • Professional & Faculty Development


  • Presentation

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