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J Coll Physicians Surg Pak. 2013 Jan;23(1):86-9. doi: 01.2013/JCPSP.8689.

Giving feedback in medical teaching: a case of lung function laboratory/spirometry.

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Department of Physiology, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


Feedback in medical teaching is an important part of medical education, it encourages and enhances the learners' knowledge, skills and professional performance at various stages of their schooling. A constructive feedback enhances the awareness of strength and areas for improvement. An adequate, meaningful and fruitful feedback needs motivation, emphasis, objectivity, expertise, and active participation in the session. Before giving feedback, the instructor should be well prepared and must have practice on the task. The instructor should utilize all means such as good oral presentation, eye contact, visual cues, utilize body language to actively involve the learners in a session, all these activities enhance the knowledge, skill and attitude of the learners. The aim of this commentary is to highlight the basic issues in giving an appropriate feedback in medical teaching with special emphasis on a lung function laboratory / Spirometry.

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