ARTE Student Module 1 - Student Questions


Students and faculty work together to create a safe environment for students to ask questions.


Better student questions lead to better student learning, and teacher learning, as well. Asking questions is an important part of learning medicine. Getting good questions answered by experienced physicians is a hallmark of excellent clinical training.

Asking good question that lead to good learning opportunities is a skill that can be learned, practiced and improved. Much like the skills we learn in asking questions of patients, asking good questions of teachers, consultants and team members are marks of a curious, courteous physician.

Asking effective questions about important issues requires a trusting relationship between learner and teacher. Make this relationship a goal of your clerkship, the sooner the better. Discuss directly with your preceptor how to make your questions fit best into the flow of their practice.

The suggestions summarized below come from experienced medical students and family medicine clerkship teachers.

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