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Teaching Strategies

Perioperative Unfolding Case Study

This 67-slide presentation follows a patient through the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative setting, allowing learners to gather information and react to changing situations. Theory bursts throughout the unfolding case, provide perioperative content that learners need to support clinical reasoning. A worksheet is provided to learners so they may record significant information to enable safe and effective decision making while moving through the case. Quality and safety competencies are emphasized throughout the learning experience.

Quality Improvement Project using the Model for Improvement

This teaching strategy teaches students how to implement and evaluate a quality improvement project. It includes a 15-slide presentation with an assignment and grading rubric. Through this assignment, the student learns how to 1) develop an aim statement, 2) implement change using the Model for Improvement (PDSA cycles), 3) collect data to measure change/improvement, and 4) report data using charts or graphs. The presentation includes all the information the student needs to be successful, including the Institute for Healthcare Improvement tool kit for reporting data.

Giving and Receiving Constructive Feedback Activity

This evidence-based teaching strategy is an 18-minute narrated presentation that includes 22 slides focused on helping students to understand the importance of learning to give and to receive constructive feedback.  Key points include understanding constructive feedback’s role in quality improvement and patient safety, and learning to view constructive feedback as an opportunity for improvement. Students view the presentation and complete reflective journaling or post on a discussion board afterward.