Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Teaching Tips Newsletter Archives

Teaching Tips is a monthy newsletter emailed to the Department of Family and Social Medicine community preceptors and faculty. The newsletters give teaching tips on a wide variety of topics related to teaching medical students and residents. Some of our past newsletters have covered topics such as developing a culture of learning for health professionals, using the microskills approach, integrating the physical exam into teaching, and teaching evidence in a busy clinic.  

If you would like to have Teaching Tips emailed to you each month, please contact Renee Shanker at

Volume 1 (2010)

Vol1 Issue1    Teaching Evidence in a Busy Clinic

Vol1 Issue2    Integrating the Physical Exam into Teaching

Vol1 Issue3    Providing Effective Feedback: The S-FED Model

Vol1 Issue4    SNAPPS: A Learner-Centered Technique for Case Presentations


Volume 2 (2011)

Vol2 Issue1    Developing a Learning Culture

Vol2 Issue2    Microskills: Improving Learning in the Ambulatory Setting

Vol2 Issue3    Tips for Community-Based Medical Education

Vol2 Issue4    Tips for Using Direct Observation

Vol2 Issue5    Tips to Create a Learner-Centered Environment

Vol2 Issue6    Tips for Using the EMR in Patient-Centered Care

Vol2 Issue7    Five Tips for Advising Students About Family Medicine

Vol2 Issue8    Teaching the Tenets of the Hippocratic Oath

Vol2 Issue9    Teaching Students to Avoid Diagnostic Errors

Vol2 Issue10   Precepting for all Learning Styles


Volume 3 (2012)

Vol3 Issue1     Johari's Window and Medical Education

Vol3 Issue2     Supporting Smart Synapses: Change the Brain to Improve Learning

Vol3 Issue3     Recognizing Facial Expressions

Vol3 Issue4a   Challenges of Assessment

Vol3 Issue4b   What is Honors

Vol3 Issue5     Highlights from the STFM Conference

Vol3 Issue6     Millenial Learners

Vol3 Issue7     Social Media in Medical Education 

Vol3 Issue8     Teaching Reflective Practice

Vol3 Issue9     Narrative Medicine in Practice

Vol3 Issue10   Humor in Medical Education

Vol3 Issue 11  Teaching Perspectives

Vol3 Issue12   A Year in Review

Volume 4 (2013)

Vol4 Issue1   Answering Clinical Questions

Vol4 Issue2   Clinical Reasoning-Part I

Vol4 Issue3   Clinical Reasoning-Part II

Vol4 Issue4   Clinical Reasoning-PartIII

Vol4 Issue5   Teaching in the Patient's Presence

Vol4 Issue6   Breaking Bad Students

Vol4 Issue7   Health Literacy: Teaching the "Teach-back" Method

Vol4 Issue8   Informal Mentoring in Medicine 

Vol4 Issue9   Questioning: a tool for clinical precepting

Vol4 Issue10 Writing a Teaching Philosophy

Vol4 Issue11 Pimping: Does it help or hinder learning?

Vol4 Issue12 5-Step "Microskills"


Volume 5 (2014)

Vol5 Issue1   Learning Styles & the 5-Step Microskills

Vol5 Issue2   Pedagogy vs. Andragogy 

Vol5 Issue3   Teaching & Learning Styles in the Clinical Setting

Vol5 Issue4   Preparing Students to Handle Difficult Patient Encounters 

Vol5 Issue5   A Framework for Clinical Assessment 

Vol5 Issue6   Building a Patient History

Vol5 Issue7   Dealing with Learners with Difficulties

Vol5 Issue8   Written vs. Oral Feedback

Vol5 Issue9   Teaching Pattern Recognition: Aunt Minnie's Method

Vol5 Issue10 Activated Demonstration:  Teaching a Skill

Vol5 Issue11 Using the RIME Model for Developmental Assessment and Feedback

Vol5 Issue12 Teaching in Ambulatory Care Settings: A Year-End Summary


Volume 6 (2015)

Vol6 Issue1   Teaching Learners to Talk to Patients About Sensitive Topics

Vol6 Issue2   Entrustable Professional Activities : The Basics

Vol6 Issue3   Entrustable Professional Activities : Part 2 - Descriptors

Vol6 Issue4   Precepting with RESPECT

Vol6 Issue5   Choosing wisely: Teaching cost conscious, high-value care to learners

Vol6 Issue6   Addressing Social Determinants of Health: Specifying Race and Racism



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