Providing rapid feedback to residents on their teaching skills: an educational strategy for contemporary trainees

Rachel J. Katz-Sidlow, Tamar G. Baer, Jeffrey C. Gershel

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OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to assess the attitudes of contemporary residents toward receiving rapid feedback on their teaching skills from their medical student learners.

METHODS: Participants consisted of 20 residents in their second post-graduate training year. These residents facilitated 44 teaching sessions with medical students within our Resident-as-Teacher program. Structured, written feedback from students was returned to the resident within 3 days following each session. Residents completed a short survey about the utility of the feedback, whether they would make a change to future teaching sessions based on the feedback, and what specifically they might change. The survey utilized a 4-point scale ("Not helpful/likely=1" to "Very helpful/likely=4"), and allowed for one free-text response. Free-text responses were hand-coded and underwent qualitative analysis to identify themes.

RESULTS: There were 182 student feedback encounters resulting from 44 teaching sessions. The survey response rate was 73% (32/44). Ninety-four percent of residents rated the rapid feedback as "very helpful," and 91% would "very likely" make a change to subsequent sessions based on student feedback. Residents' proposed changes included modifications to session content and/or their personal teaching style.

CONCLUSIONS: Residents found that rapid feedback received from medical student learners was highly valuable to them in their roles as teachers. A rapid feedback strategy may facilitate an optimal educational environment for contemporary trainees.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-86
Number of pages4
JournalInternational journal of medical education
StatePublished - Mar 20 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Feedback
  • graduate medical education
  • millennials
  • resident-as-teacher program

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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