Posted: November 30, 2018

Coaching the Coach: Interactive Faculty Development Scenarios Using Simulated Learners

Description

Medical schools increasingly are implementing coaching programs to support students in their learning. Although the exact responsibilities of a medical school coach vary by program, the role typically involves new skills in coaching different from typical advising and mentoring skills and thus requires faculty development. Embracing the idea that skill building is best facilitated through experiential learning with opportunities for practice, reflection and feedback, we created a faculty development activity with simulated learners (actors) to help faculty coaches in our new School of Medicine curriculum acquire specific coaching skills. In this resource we include four scenarios transferable to coaching programs outside of our institution. The topics covered by these scenarios include 1) establishing the coaching relationship; 2) supporting students needing accommodations; 3) assisting with learning planning; and 4) navigating hidden curriculum issues. The resource also includes a guide for simulated learner recruitment and training, an overall lesson plan, and for each scenario instructions for observers and debriefing of the scenario.

Keywords

Coaching, Standardized Patients, Faculty Development, Feedback, Simulation, Small group teaching, Simulated Learners

Authors

Anita Richards, MACM, University of California, San Francisco

Anna Chang, MD, University of California, San Francisco

Calvin Chou, MD, PhD, University of California, San Francisco

Karen Hauer, MD, PhD, University of California, San Francisco

Catherine Lomen-Hoerth, MD, PhD, University of California, San Francisco

Meg McNamara, MD, University of California, San Francisco

Lisa Meeks, PhD, University of Michigan

Stephanie Rennke, MD, University of California, San Francisco

Sandrijn van Schaik, MD, PhD, University of California, San Francisco


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