12 Tips for Effective Questioning in Medical Education

01-26-2022 16:42

A 12 Tips article written by Stacey Pylman, Ph.D. and Amy Greenberg Ward, M.Ed. (presenters at the spring STFM on medical education online conference)


Questioning is one of the most frequently used and powerful teaching strategies across levels and

settings in medical education. Although the concept of asking questions may seem like a simple

practice, many medical educators lack pedagogical training. When effectively executed, questioning

can elicit positive outcomes in learner participation, concentration, and understanding of content.

When used incorrectly, questioning can leave learners feeling singled out and not in a

position to learn, or worse – threatened or humiliated. There is a lot of literature in medical education

about what ineffective questioning looks like, but little about how to enact effective questioning,

such as what kind of questions should be asked and how to design those questions to

improve learning. The following twelve tips will help medical educators be purposeful and effective

as they plan, ask, and analyze questions in classroom or clinical settings.

Author(s):Stacey Pylman, Ph.D.; Amy Greenberg Ward, M.Ed.
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