5 Opportunities for Shared Learning in the Clinic

ARCHIVED POST N.B. This post is based on the 2012 Osteopathic Practice Standards and therefore may not reflect current legislation or current Mint procedures.

  1. Case presentation

Present a case. Highlight particular features of the case – what went particularly well or didn’t go so well. It may be an unusual presentation or perhaps a very common presentation – either can prove a valuable opportunity for learning. Use the case to develop reflective practice and peer-review.

2. Research

Share research that you have read and found helpful – perhaps from a journal or highlighted on social media. Also share other people’s opinions of the research – from reviews, blogs or social media discussion and present your own opinion of the research too. Discuss with one another how the research could have an impact on your work.

3. Courses

Sharing what you learn on courses helps to re-inforce the learning. ‘Teaching someone else is often the best way to learn.’ You will be able to share knowledge and discuss learning and may learn about courses which would help you to develop as a practitioner.

4. Clinical care – treatment techniques and diagnostic reasoning

Refreshing your memory of anatomy, differential diagnosis and treatment techniques for particular regions or conditions is excellent for maintaining your clinical competence. Sharing this learning with others will give you opportunity to practice technique as well as learn from other people’s clinical experience.

5. Patient management and communication

Sharing positive and negative experiences of patient management and communication can be a good learning opportunity. You can learn from situations that caused you concern. Experienced practitioners will often be able to give new practitioners a lot of helpful tips in this area.

I am sure you can think of many more opportunities for shared learning. If you work alone, call a colleague or maybe a few colleagues and invite them to share learning with you – in person or online. Make it a regular learning session so that you can continue learning regularly. Often it just needs someone to take the first step to set up the meetings and then people willing will join to learn from one another.

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