How to Teach in Free Clinics: Brief Encounters with Learners and Patients in Vulnerable Communities

  • L. Renata ThronsonEmail author


Precepting in free clinics is a special opportunity to serve vulnerable patients and teach learners committed to service and motivated by social justice. This chapter describes techniques for teaching effectively when contact with patients and learners is brief and discontinuous. We discuss the importance of facilitating reflection and development of structural competence among learners, emphasizing the role of the student as healthcare navigator.


Underserved Free clinics Microskills One-minute preceptor Observation Modeling Healthcare navigator Reflection 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of MedicineUniversity of Washington School of MedicineSeattleUSA

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