Faculty Development Series

Bedside Teaching

Activity Details
  • Credit Type: CME
  • Credit Amount: 1.00
  • Cost: Free
  • Release: Feb 8, 2010
  • Expires: Feb 8, 2016
  • Estimated Time to Complete:
    1 Hour(s)
  • System Requirements:
  • Average User Rating:
    (3 Ratings)



Rosemarie Conigliaro Rosemarie Conigliaro, MD
Associate Professor, Medicine
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Needs Statement

Bedside teaching is defined as teaching that occurs with learners and a patient at the bedside to elicit the patient’s history, demonstrate key features of the physical examination, and/or discuss the best approach to diagnosis and provide therapy for the patient. Recent surveys have shown that bedside teaching is in decline, despite other evidence that it is preferred by patients and many learners alike. This module will address these issues by outlining the best teaching and learning activities for the bedside. Barriers to bedside teaching will be addressed, as well as strategies to overcome them. In addition, this module will focus on familiarizing the faculty with the benefits of bedside teaching, in an effort to reintroduce this as an integral part of their teaching repertoire.

Target Audience



1. Define the term "bedside teaching;"
2. Identify teaching and learning activities optimal for bedside teaching;
3. List barriers to bedside teaching and specific strategies to overcome them;
4. Increase the use of bedside teaching where appropriate.


The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine presents this activity for educational purposes only. Participants are expected to utilize their own expertise and judgment while engaged in the practice of medicine. The content of the presentations is provided solely by presenters who have been selected for presentations because of recognized expertise in their field.

Faculty Disclosure

Rosemarie Conigliaro, MD (speaker) reports no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests and does not intend to discuss any off-label use of a product.

No planners or content reviewers have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Disclosure of a relationship is not intended to suggest or condone commercial bias in any presentation, but it is made to provide participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a presentation..reports no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests of healthcare products or services related to this activity.