McGill Alert / Alerte de McGill

Updated: Thu, 07/18/2024 - 18:12

Gradual reopening continues on downtown campus. See Campus Public Safety website for details.

La réouverture graduelle du campus du centre-ville se poursuit. Complément d'information : Direction de la protection et de la prévention.

Getting Started As A Clinical Teacher

We have created this space to help you during your first weeks and months as a McGill Family Medicine teacher. You will find all the essential topics to get you started. Click on the tabs below to learn more.

Creating a safe learning environment

The McGill Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) is committed to providing an inclusive environment where all feel welcomed, respected, and safe. ​

To ensure a safe learning environment, the FMHS requires learners and faculty to conduct themselves in accordance with the Code of Conduct. ​

Two additional resources that all teachers should know about include:​

1. The Office of Medical Learner Affairs

This office offers a safe and confidential space for all students, residents, and fellows in McGill’s School of Medicine. Services encompass wellness support and academic counselling. ​

2. The Office for Respectful Environments (ORE)

The ORE is your pathway for reporting concerns about mistreatment ​in the Faculty’s clinical learning environments

Understanding the curriculum

Curriculum in its most basic form is what is being taught.​ It includes what the students will do in a program of study and the expected knowledge and skills to be gained. ​It is organized to foster learning and help students meet the standards or expected benchmarks. ​McGill has developed curriculum for both the medical students (undergraduate students) and the residents (postgraduate students). Check out the links below to learn more about the Family Medicine undergraduate and postgraduate curriculums​.



How to assess learners

One of the main roles of a clinical teacher is to assess learners. It will require you to actively work with students and residents in constructive ways. ​

To appropriately assess learners, you need to:

1. Understand learner benchmarks

2. Collect data and record it on a field note

3. Make an educational decision and

4. Provide learner feedback. ​

Below you can learn more about the benchmarks for both undergraduate and postgraduate curriculums. You can also link to various assessment forms (field notes) . ​

  Undergraduate Postgraduate
Benchmarks Clerkship Clinical Assessment Rubric Evaluation Benchmarks

Field notes template

Field notes template

For more information on field notes, please click here.

Giving feedback

Feedback is information given to a learner about their performance. It should provide information about their strengths and weaknesses, enable them to consider what they can do to improve, and enhance their learning.​

Two helpful documents related to giving feedback include:​

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