Questioning residents or medical students is a great way to explore knowledge and improve clinical reasoning skills, but there is an art to asking good questions. Occasionally questioning can even be perceived as hostile:
Bloom categorized questions according to the level of abstraction. His hierarchy of knowledge can be applied to medical questioning:
Lower levels test memory and simple comprehension, while higher levels explore students’ ability to link seemingly unrelated facts and draw appropriate conclusions. Higher level questioning encourages the development of clinical reasoning skills.
SNAPPS is a great tool to encourage higher-level thinking.
For more on effective questioning visit: Effective use of questions
Bloom B, Taxonomy of educational objectives. Allyn and Bacon, Boston, MA 1984
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