McMaster Modules

We have a set of modules which we make available to small groups of faculty who meet at their own convenience. The modules are designed such that any member of the group can provide the facilitation. Each module focuses on a core aspect of teaching or assessment, and earns faculty Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits.
Please note that the physical distribution of these resources has been put on hold until further notice. 
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Learning objectives:

  • Have an increased understanding of feedback
  • Identify barriers to its delivery
  • Use practical strategies that can promote more effective learning by learners

Learning objectives:

  • To address how clinical teachers can simultaneously provide effective educational experiences and quality patient care
  • To provide educationally sound and time-efficient strategies and tools that facilitate and enhance teaching moments

Learning objectives:

  • Consider strategies to encourage adaptive responses by learners when errors do occur
  • Model the importance of recognizing and acknowledging errors
  • Promote ways to reduce risk of errors in the future

Learning objectives:

  • Help preceptors make an appropriate and timely assessment of the learner’s difficulty, including the learning environment
  • Assist in developing a plan with the learner to facilitate improvement
  • Improve communication with the learner and the educational program, especially when performance is below standard

Learning objectives:

  • Review characteristics of evaluation and why this process is important
  • Identify difficulties experienced in the evaluation process
  • Provide a framework and strategies to guide effective evaluation of learners

Learning objectives:

  • Provide strategies for preparing the practice site for a learner’s arrival
  • Highlight the elements of an effective orientation program
  • Outline the development of learning plan that incorporates such issues as program, practice and learner objectives, and details of how learning and teaching will occur during the placement

Learning objectives:

  • Understand/clarify the past experience /background that IMGs bring to the learning situation and how preceptors can capitalize on this
  • Provide some practical strategies for dealing with language barriers and improving communication skills
  • Help IMGs adapt to the Canadian teaching and learning environment and clarify expectations for IMGs regarding the roles of learner and clinician

Learning objectives:

  • Reflect on their own interprofessional collaborative behavior and effectively role model this behavior to learners
  • Facilitate learners’ understanding regarding the scope of practice/role of other professionals
  • Identify opportunities to teach collaborative care and to address structural barriers

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the contextual nature of professional behavior and the pivotal role of clinician teachers in the development of professionalism among their learners
  • Provide educationally appropriate opportunities for learning the principles of professionalism in clinical settings
  • Develop effective strategies for dealing with unprofessional behaviors of learners during a clinical placement

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the contextual nature of conflict management and the pivotal role of clinical teachers in the development of conflict management strategies among their learners
  • Provide Educationally appropriate opportunities for applying the principles of conflict management in clinical settings
  • Develop effective strategies for dealing with the type of conflict that learners might experience during a clinical placement

 Modules have been developed and produced by McMaster University’s Program for Faculty Development under the title Practice Based Small Group Education (PBSG-ED). https://www.macpfd.ca/home/pbsg-ed