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Table 6 Factor analysis for Preceptor Behaviours

From: Medical Students' and Residents' preferred site characteristics and preceptor behaviours for learning in the ambulatory setting: a cross-sectional survey

Factor Items Making Up Factor Factor Loading Alpha Analysis
Professional Role Modeling Provides a role model of professional behaviour .681 .79
  Demonstrates effective interactions with support staff .565  
  Provides a role model of a balance between personal and professional life .557  
  Teaches communication skills .526  
  Discusses limitations of his or her own knowledge .500  
  Discusses own clinical reasoning processes .426  
Teaching Discusses clinical topics in an organized way .739 .82
  Discusses clinical topics concisely .650  
  Suggests relevant reading .462  
  Identifies and responds to student's specific learning needs .390  
  Is open to questions .365  
  Asks students differing complexities of questions .362  
  Has a strong command of his or her area of specialty .340  
  Asks for students' ideas before giving own .334  
  Sets time aside to discuss topics unable to be discussed during busy clinics .323  
  Monitors quality of the rotation .301  
Learning Climate Makes student feel like a valued member of the practice .613 .83
  Demonstrates a caring attitude towards students .591  
  Seeks to understand student's ideas .563  
  Demonstrates a caring attitude towards patients .512  
  Demonstrates enthusiasm for teaching .365  
  Welcomes differing points of view .328  
  Facilitates student's participation in follow-up care .301  
Feedback Gives constructive feedback .730 .73
  Gives timely feedback .709  
  Reviews differential diagnosis .473  
Direction Outlines specific task(s) to be done during a clinical encounter .588 .69
  Focuses on one teaching theme per clinic .507  
  Provides background on patients before student sees patient .447  
  Teaches physical examination .432  
  Defines student's role .404  
Patient Presence Teaches in the patient's presence .759 .77
  Reviews case in the patient's presence .720  
Health Care System Interaction Teaches use of community resources .531 .82
  Teaches appropriate use of health care resources .516