Indian Journal of Pathology and Oncology

One minute preceptor – introduction and perception evaluation of a novel teaching tool for teaching routine histopathology slides to postgraduate students in pathology

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Author Details: Harveen Kaur Gulati

Volume : 3

Issue : 3

Online ISSN : 2394-6792

Print ISSN : 2394-6784

Article First Page : 503

Article End Page : 507


Background: One minute preceptor (OMP) strategy is a 5 step or “micro-skills” teaching tool for use by faculty in busy ambulatory settings, however analysis of its utility in Pathology especially with respect to resident training has not been done before. Hence, our endeavour was to introduce OMP as a teaching tool for routine slide diagnosis and also to evaluate it.
Method: Post graduate residents as well as faculty in pathology were given validated questionnaires to assess perception evaluation and overall effectiveness of the teaching method, following an orientation programme on OMP. The outcomes were evaluated using Likert scale along with open ended questions and analysed using SPSS Software.
Result: 30 sessions of OMP were conducted by five faculty members and the eight learners in rotation. Comparison of the change in behaviour of the learner after intervention revealed a statistically significant difference in six out of the nine attributes evaluated. OMP was found to be more effective in improving exam skills, communicating the findings, thinking of logical differentials and in motivating the learner to do self study. OMP was also perceived to be less threatening, more helpful in learning and was strongly recommended to be incorporated as a teaching strategy for teaching routine histopathology slides. Among the faculty, most agreed that OMP was an effective teaching tool which helped identify specific lacunae in learner’s understanding and were willing to adopt OMP as a teaching methodology. However, they also felt that it was more time consuming.
Conclusion: The present study is the first of its kind which highlights the advantages and disadvantages of OMP as a teaching learning tool in the field of pathology especially for teaching routine histopathology slides. Although the sample size of this study was small, the positive response to OMP by both the learners and faculty cannot be overlooked.

One Minute preceptor, Micro-skills, Resident training, Teaching learning methods, Histopathology slides