Teaching at the bedside: a new model

Med Teach. 2003 Mar;25(2):127-30. doi: 10.1080/0142159031000092490.


The patient is at the center of clinical medicine. In order to effectively teach clinical skills a teacher must learn to involve patients in the educational process. It is through this process that learners acquire the skills of observation, communication, examination and professionalism. Despite the importance of teaching with the patient present, many clinical teachers are hesitant to teach at the bedside. This paper describes a workshop on bedside teaching. The authors present barriers and advantages discussed during the workshop as well as a 'Model of Best Bedside Teaching Practices', which emerged after conducting the workshop for over 135 medical educators. The model includes suggested skills for effective bedside teaching that are arranged into three domains: attending to patient comfort, focused teaching and group dynamics.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Clinical Medicine / education*
  • Education, Medical / methods*
  • Humans
  • Learning
  • Models, Educational*
  • Patients' Rooms
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Problem-Based Learning
  • Teaching / methods*