Tips for Teaching EBM
Teach by example
- Model question formulation for your learners. This not only helps with question formulation but also demonstrates that we all have knowledge gaps and that it is ok to admit that we have them.
Describe the process of building a question
- After modeling a few questions, describe explicitly what you're doing. Outline the elements of a well-built clinical question.
Recognise potential questions
- Look for potential questions in the learner's cases and help the learner focus on the question(s) they want answered most.
- Postcall rounds with a group of exhausted housestaff may not be the ideal time for teaching about formulating clinical questions. Identify other opportunities like during morning report, work rounds, noon rounds, a telephone discussion of the case, or while you're waiting for the elevator or for all the team members to show up.
- Give the learner some constructive feedback on their question formulation. Ask for feedback on your own question formulation.
Use educational prescriptions
- For details, see our Educational Prescriptions section