Giving effective feedback can be challenging regardless of the setting. Here are five tips:
- Set expectations upfront.
What do you expect the learner to do, how and by when?
When and how will you give feedback?
- Make time and space to provide feedback.
Pick a time that is conducive to discussion—the learner should not be distracted, tired or distraught.
Pick a place that is private and free from distractions.
- Create a dialogue when providing feedback.
How does the learner think he or she is doing?
Do you agree or disagree? In what ways?
What can the learner do to improve?
- When providing feedback remember to:
Be specific, objective and use examples.
Discuss behaviors not personalities.
Focus on things that are changeable and provide suggestions for improvement.
- Ask for feedback yourself.
Remember that this can be tough for learners to do, so be specific in your questions. E.g., “How do you think that teaching session went yesterday?” or “Are there ways I can improve bedside teaching?”
For additional tips on feedback, remember that the Academy of Medical Educators offers regular workshops, online modules and videos of prior sessions. Click here for more information.