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Managing Clinical Workflow with Your Learner

When you welcome a learner into your clinic, it’s a good idea to think about the structure of the day, considering the needs of both the learner and your clinical team. You can manage the clinical workflow so that you identify ideal patients for the learner to see around a particular type of problem. Consider priming your learner before they enter the patient’s room to focus on a specific task such as taking a history of present illness or completing a medication reconciliation.

When a learner is seeing a patient, plan for them to see specific patients throughout the day, rather than having them accompany you on all patient encounters. Fewer patient encounters throughout the day can also provide time for the learner to assimilate information and reflect on the cases they have seen. Rather than having learners see patients all throughout the day, ask your clinical team to look for ways that the learner can make their jobs easier or more efficient. For example, a learner can practice blood draws and injections, can fill out lab requests, write referrals, or make callbacks.

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