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Distance Learning: Preceptor Development Series: The Problem Learner

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Lisa Leggio, MD


Sponsor: Statewide AHEC Network Program Office

Session Description:
As a preceptor you've probably had some super-star learners that you'd love to recruit to work in your practice. On the other hand, you may have had experiences where you couldn't wait for a learner to finish their rotation! What makes those learners so difficult? And more importantly, what can you do help you both make it through the experience successfully? Determining underlying reasons for problems and creating a management plan can be challenging. We will discuss common problems with learners and some specific strategies to help those students succeed.

Session Objectives:

1. Identify common manifestations of problem students
2. Develop a plan to address problems with clinical reasoning
3. Give effective feedback to a problem learner

Technology Requirements:
Participants registering for programs should have access to the following technology for best viewing and participation:

  • Personal computer with Macintosh or Windows with 512 MB of RAM
  • Broadband internet connection such as an office LAN, DSL, or cable modem
  • Phone next to personal computer (or speaker phone if multiple people are viewing)
  • Computer speakers (built-in or attached)
  • Latest version of Adobe Flash which can be downloaded for free at

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine and the Georgia Statewide Area Health Education Centers. The Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine designats this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.