Clinical Teaching


Teaching and learning directly involving patients is core to health professions' clinical training. These experiences will occur in diverse clinical settings across the continuum of healthcare. In addition, students can experience clinical care scenarios with standardized patients and simulations.

Teaching Assessment Tool - for Clinical Settings

This tool was developed to help instructors and observers to document their reflections in teaching situations in the clinical setting – on rounds, in the ambulatory setting, in the operating room, and across a shift. Use of the tool can lead to suggestions for enhancing learner involvement; improving the rapport between the learners and the instructor; altering how teaching is organized, presented, and conveyed; and modifying how feedback is provided.

The Teaching Assessment Tool is used as part of a Peer Review of Teaching. For more information contact the Center for Faculty Excellence at

Elective Course Development

If you are interested in developing an elective course, please review this online module on the 

Elective Course Development Process

Key resources referenced in the module: 

Online Modules for Clinical Teaching

The CFE has developed several online modules that are eligible for CME Credit.  Below are links to modules that are especially relevant to clinical teaching: 

Note: these links redirect to the CEHP system.  If you don't already have a login, you will be prompted to create an account to track your progress and record any awarded CME.  

Teaching Tips

For printable resources regarding giving and receiving feedback and classroom and clinical teaching, see the Teaching Tips page. 

Applying Anti-Racism Principles in Teaching

The SMHS Center for Faculty Excellence, the SMHS Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the GW Anti-Racism Coalition have worked together to create the Checklist for Applying Anti-Racism Principles to Teaching Sessions to support faculty teaching in SMHS programs.  

Designing Didactic Day Sessions

The following resources include an interactive flowchart that may help you determine your blended approach to teaching and how to best design learning experiences for your students. There are also downloadable PDFs provided for your reference.

The Blended Learning Approach