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Empowering Learners with a Growth Mindset

As a preceptor, be mindful of the need to not only impart medical knowledge to your learners, but to also foster their growth and help them increase their confidence. One highly effective approach to achieving this is by encouraging your learners to adopt a growth mindset. A growth mindset helps learners understand that intelligence, character, and abilities are not fixed traits, but can be developed through challenges and perseverance.

To cultivate a growth mindset, encourage your learners to challenge themselves in the clinic, and to assess the experience afterwards. Through multiple feedback sessions, they can learn from their mistakes, as well as recall their past successes. Because medicine is an ever-evolving field, embracing new challenges—such as researching a new AI tool or learning a new EHR—is an ever-present opportunity. Create an environment where your learners feel safe to discuss their discoveries, their concerns, and any uncertainty they might feel. By engaging in this way, you can inspire your learners to share ideas openly and reach independent conclusions, rather than merely accepting answers or diagnoses from others. To learn more about how you can implement these strategies and support your learners in developing a growth mindset, click the link below.

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