How To Maximise Ward-based Learning

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Author (s): Celia Beynon, Sejal Bhatt, Eley Chiu, Joanna Webb & Yaser Zeitoun

The balance between safe service delivery and ongoing postgraduate medical education is delicate.  Teaching and learning in the presence of patients adds another layer of tension, which has to be managed.  Learning and teaching on the ward remains a powerful context as it provides an authentic experience of the complexity of patient care and professional practice.  Ward-based teaching and learning has been a cornerstone of medical education through the ages and is highly valued by teachers and learners alike.  However, it is rarely used to its full potential.  This guide will identify some of the unique opportunities ward-based learning provides and the obstacles that have to be overcome in order for it to be a useful learning experience.  It will also provide some strategies for maximising learning in the ward environment.

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