AHD: Procedural Day

Welcome! Our primary learning objective for Academic Half Day is to provide Residents and Preceptors a safe educational environment where curiosity is encouraged, learning experienced, and community embraced.

A goal that has emerged from our dialogue with Residents is to develop a more engaged, outcome-driven session. To address our objectives, we encourage AHD Preceptors to develop learning outcomes and to provide opportunities for residents’ full participation.

For those leading an AHD Procedure Day, we refer you to McLeod’s (2001) article on the seven principles for teaching procedural and technical skills. This cognitive-theory-based guide detailed below will assist you in organizing your content and ensuring learners gain as much from the experience as you do.

1. Plan ahead
– Review performance objectives.
– Assess learners needs.
– Assure that the learner has prepared (e.g., through lecture, discussion, visualization, CDs, books).

2. Demonstrate the procedure
– Make explicit commentary during the demonstration.
– Allow for questions or interruptions.

3. Observe the learner in action and allow for practice
– Ask the learner to verbalize what he/ she is doing.
– Encourage self-assessment and reflection.

4. Provide feedback
– Be specific and descriptive.
– Ensure feedback is nonjudgmental and performance-based.

5. Encourage learners’ self-assessment of:
– Perceived level of skill.
– Perceived areas requiring improvement.

6. Allow for practice under less-than-ideal conditions
– Ensure varying degrees of complexity.

7. Prepare to modify approach for:
– The unprepared learner.
– Different learning sites.
– ‘‘Opportunistic’’ learning and teaching.

For additional literature and support on Academic Half Day, visit AHD Preparation. Please feel free to contact me at jacqueline.ashby@ubc.ca with any questions, comments, or suggestions regarding your educational content or any AHD topics you’d like to recommend! Enjoy your session and have fun!

To access additional Preceptor resources, click here!

Reference citation: McLeod P., Steinert Y., Trudel J., Gottesman R. (2001). Seven Principles for Teaching Procedural and Technical Skills. Academic Medicine. 2001;76(10):1080.