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Design and Shine: Giving Effective Chalk Talks on L&D

Objective/ Background: The fast paced, unpredictable environment of  labor and delivery (L&D) can be a barrier to medical student education. Medical students identify L&D as the most stressful learning environment during their OBGYN clerkship - with the pace, unpredictable nature of the environment, and amount of new required knowledge cited as key contributors. Chalk talks are a useful teaching tool in these settings as they require limited time and resources. However, effective chalk talks require advanced preparation.


 In this hands-on workshop, participants will:

 -Identify barriers to teaching on L&D

 -Explore strategies to construct effective chalk talks

 -Develop and practice a chalk talk on a common obstetrics topic


Methods: Agenda:

 -Introduction (5 min)

 -Small Groups: (5 min) Participants share their experiences as educators on L&D via polling software.

 -Large Group: (5 min) Facilitators recap poll results and introduce chalk talks as a useful tool

 -Large Group: (10min) Facilitators highlight strategies for creating and implementing effective chalk talks, including supporting educational theory frameworks.

 -Small groups:

   -Participants create mini chalk talks (15 min)

   -Groups role play giving talks on L&D; roles include attending/resident, medical student, and observers (5 min)

 -Small group debrief (5 min)

 -Large Group: (15min) Small groups report out.

 -Closing and Questions: (10 min)  - Participants share one environment where they hope to utilize the chalk talk strategies discussed in their future practice with a peer


Results: Interactive components: small group discussions, interactive polling

 Take home products: chalk talks, guidebook for making effective chalk talks


Conclusion/ Discussion: Effective chalk talks require advanced preparation and utilize learning theory.

Topics: Faculty Development Seminar, 2024, Student, Resident, Faculty, Clerkship Director, Practice-Based Learning & Improvement, GME, UME, Team-Based Learning,

General Information

Student,Resident,Faculty,Clerkship Director,
Practice-Based Learning & Improvement,
Team-Based Learning,
Clinical Focus

Author Information

Hailey Winstead, BA; Steffany Conyers, MD; Ashley Comfort, MD

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