Teaching and learning methods for new generalist physicians

Linda Headrick, Arthur Kaufman, Paula Stillman, Luann Wilkerson, Robert Wigton

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This paper describes teaching and learning methods that can be used to build the competencies needed by the generalist physician. Supervised patient care, problem-based learning, and ongoing feedback through standardized patients all have proven efficacy in several domains. Computer-based learning has much to offer as a supplement to clinical teaching. New learning experiences in continuous improvement promise to cover areas that are not often reached by traditional methods, especially those of cost-effectiveness and quality of care. The authors review each method's principles, relationship to generalist

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S42-S49
JournalJournal of general internal medicine
Issue number1 Supplement
StatePublished - Apr 1994


  • computer-assisted instruction
  • continuous improvement (=continuous quality improvement, total quality management)
  • medical education
  • mentorships
  • primary care physicians
  • problem solving
  • standardized patients (=simulated patients)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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