Expectations for Resident Teaching in Clerkships and Electives


At Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, medical student teaching is a highly valued activity. In addition, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) in Element 9.1 requires that residents receive instruction in the area of medical student teaching, and resident teaching is a requirement of the Residency Review Committee (RRC). To ensure success in teaching, please review the following expectations and keep in mind that your educational objectives as a resident may be different than those of the medical students.

All residents are expected to:

  • Demonstrate respect and maintain a professional attitude with students including but not limited to:
    • Remembering that a student’s primary responsibility is to learn and to work with patients
    • Refraining from criticizing other students in front of his/her peers
    • Refraining from sharing personal opinions of other residents with students.
  • Become familiar with the academic requirements for students. The overall educational objectives for BSOM students are: https://medicine.wright.edu/student-life/curriculum/educational-objectives
  • Become familiar with the objectives for the clerkship, as well as the key diagnoses, conditions and/or procedures that students are expected to see during the clerkship.
  • Discuss their specific expectations regarding working with patients, including but not limited to:
    • A general orientation to the unit/service
    • The proper format for documentation of notes, histories/physicals, and any other information necessary to ensure an adequate educational environment.
  • Observe students completing a complete or focused history and/or physical and give immediate constructive feedback, especially early in the rotation.
  • Assist students in working through the assessment and plan when possible, allowing the student to present his/her differential diagnosis and plan, as well as discuss the reasoning behind the final assessment and treatment plan, paying special attention to medication choices.
  • Review a student’s medical record documentation when possible, providing constructive feedback as well as recognizing which aspects of the note are done well. Please ensure that both admit notes and progress notes are being read, with regular feedback to the students.
  • Be available to answer general questions students may have pertaining to diagnostics, medications, patient interactions, or other pertinent matters.
  • Provide timely and constructive feedback to students on an individual basis taking care to ensure that feedback is given in a discreet and professional manner.


At the start of each academic year, all residents that work with BSOM medical students, regardless of their sponsoring institutional affiliation, are required to provide electronic attestation of receiving and reviewing the students’ educational requirements, learning objectives, and pertinent medical school policies.

All incoming residents are required to attend in-person training during their orientation. These in-person training sessions include topics related to adult learning, patient presentations, microteaching skills, and giving feedback.

All continuing residents are required to review recordings of the aforementioned training sessions and provide electronic attestation that they have watched these recorded sessions.

The attestations mentioned in this procedure are managed and verified by the Director of Medical Education & Accreditation in cooperation with the various resident training programs involved in medical student education.


Approved by FCC January 28, 2015

Revised and approved by FCC on July 30, 2019

Revised and approved by FCC on April 22, 2020

Last edited on 07/10/2020.