How to Use Teaching Scripts to Make Teaching More Effective and Efficient

  • Ellen M. CosgroveEmail author
  • Somnath Mookherjee
  • Lynne Robins


It is challenging to identify the “teachable moments” that arise in busy clinical settings. When a teachable moment is identified, few teachers can deliver eloquent lessons extemporaneously. The teaching script is a strategy that many exemplary teachers use to efficiently and effectively enhance learning in clinical settings. This chapter presents a strategy for being prepared for “teachable moments” by creating and using teaching scripts in the clinical setting.


Teaching script Teachable moments Teaching trigger Curated content Key evidence Clinical knowledge 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ellen M. Cosgrove
    • 1
    Email author
  • Somnath Mookherjee
    • 2
  • Lynne Robins
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of MedicineUniversity of Nevada, Las Vegas School of MedicineLas VegasUSA
  2. 2.Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of MedicineUniversity of Washington School of MedicineSeattleUSA
  3. 3.Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical EducationUniversity of Washington School of MedicineSeattleUSA

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