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Med Teach. 2017 Sep;39(9):914-919. doi: 10.1080/0142159X.2017.1324140. Epub 2017 May 14.

Twelve tips for effective body language for medical educators.

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a Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Infectious Disease , Boston , MA , USA.
2
b Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Medicine , Boston , MA , USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

A significant proportion of human communication is nonverbal. Although the fields of business and psychology have significant literature on effectively using body language in a variety of situations, there is limited literature on effective body language for medical educators.

AIM:

To provide 12 tips to highlight effective body language strategies and techniques for medical educators.

METHOD:

The tips provided are based on our experiences and reflections as clinician-educators and the available literature.

RESULTS:

The 12 tips presented offer specific strategies to engage learners, balance learner participation, and bring energy and passion to teaching.

CONCLUSIONS:

Medical educators seeking to maximize their effectiveness would benefit from an understanding of how body language affects a learning environment and how body language techniques can be used to engage audiences, maintain attention, control challenging learners, and convey passion for a topic. Understanding and using body language effectively is an important instructional skill.

PMID:
28504023
DOI:
10.1080/0142159X.2017.1324140
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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