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Table 1 Typical training activities, assessment, and feedback for specific performance deficiencies

From: A practical approach to mentoring students with repeated performance deficiencies

Performance deficiency Training activity Assessment of progress Mechanism of feedback
Knowledge Self-study with advice on resources & study technique Knowledge evaluations Evaluations reviewed with mentor and feedback provided
History taking Real or standardized patients Direct observation Immediate feedback
Physical examination Real, standardized, or simulated patients Direct observation Immediate feedback
Clinical reasoning Paper or online cases Direct observation of student “thinking aloud” Immediate feedback
Communication Real or standardized patients Direct observation Immediate feedback
Collaboration Clinical rotations Weekly evaluations from clinical preceptor Evaluations reviewed with mentor and feedback provided
Manager Clinical rotations Weekly focused evaluations from clinical preceptor Evaluations reviewed with mentor and feedback provided
Health Advocate Clinical rotations Weekly focused evaluations from clinical preceptor Evaluations reviewed with mentor and feedback provided
Scholar Clinical rotations Weekly focused evaluations from clinical preceptor Evaluations reviewed with mentor and feedback provided
Professionalism Clinical rotations Weekly focused evaluations from clinical preceptor Evaluations reviewed with mentor and feedback provided