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“Triangle Method”: Teaching the Student in Front of the Patient…Efficiently!

January 18, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Host: Deborah Erlich

Description: At this session, participants will review relevant educational frameworks for teaching trainees in the presence of the patient, whether in the outpatient or inpatient setting. Participants will use the “Triangle Method” with doctor-student-patient as the members of the Triangle. Participants will apply the concepts to case scenarios. The session will emphasize efficiency of real-life clinical teaching under time pressure.


Goal: The goal of this session is to review the “Triangle Method” and its theoretical underpinnings of teaching learners in the presence of the patient, in order to enhance clinical teaching, improve patient care, and manage the time pressure of seeing patients with students.



By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the “Triangle Method” as an approach to teaching students in the presence of the patient.
  • Practice setting expectations for both student and patient about the Triangle.
  • Evaluate students’ use of patient-accessible language during a patient presentation.
  • Create and integrate feedback to / from all members of the Triangle.
  • Practice helping student formulate and negotiate plan of care with the patient.


January 18, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm