Clinical Teaching Series

About This Episode

Paul Cornia, MD, Associate Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine

Have you ever felt like you wanted to avoid teaching at the bedside because it makes you too uncomfortable? There is evidence that patients appreciate bedside teaching and it offers trainees unique opportunities to practice patient-centered communication, physical exam skills, and clinical reasoning. In this podcast, Dr. Paul Cornia provides tips on how to prepare both faculty and learners alike for effective bedside instruction, reducing anxiety and maximizing learning when teaching in the presence of patients. Simple things—such as using teaching scripts and making roles explicit—can greatly enhance these learning opportunities.


Mookherjee, S., & Cosgrove, E. M. (2016). Handbook of clinical teaching. Switzerland: Springer | See Chapter 10 for expanded text on this topic. Link to read via UW Libraries (UW Net ID required): Handbook of Clinical Teaching