Teaching medical students using role play: twelve tips for successful role plays

Med Teach. 2006 May;28(3):225-9. doi: 10.1080/01421590600711252.


Engaging students in role play promotes active learning. Planned and structured role plays can be used to deliver components of the curriculum in clinical rotations of a medical programme. Role plays are most effective if learning objectives are defined, and the cases are challenging. All students should be involved and ground rules should be set. Allow adequate time for the role play, feedback and reflection. Let the students enjoy themselves. This paper provides 12 tips to create a meaningful learning experience for students using role play.

MeSH terms

  • Australia
  • Clinical Clerkship / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Male
  • Physician-Patient Relations*
  • Role Playing*
  • Students, Medical
  • Teaching / methods*
  • Wit and Humor as Topic