Academic Medicine Foundations

Assessing the Learner (GME)


HCA Healthcare


GME Corporate


GME Corporate

Relationship to Facility


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graduate medical education, internship and residency


Medical Education


Purpose: Faculty members will demonstrate competence as educators in quality improvement and patient safety; in fostering their own and their residents’ well-being; and, in patient care based on their practice-based learning and improvement efforts.

To make your teaching more effective, you will need to gather some information about the person or persons you are teaching BEFORE the teaching begins. This enduring material is designed to provide information on the three facets of assessing the learner and how they relate to learning needs, readiness to learn, and learning preferences in order to provide more individualized instruction to your residents.

Target Audience: This activity is designed for Faculty and Program Leadership at HCA Healthcare GME Hospitals.

Format: This presentation was pre-recorded for HCA Healthcare GME MicroLearning Series.

Educational Objectives: Upon completion of this activity the learner will be able to:

  • Describe three different facets of assessing the learner.
  • List five methods you can use to gather information about and from the learner.
  • Discuss factors related to each of four types of learning readiness.
  • Explain what is meant by “preferred learning style”.
  • Discuss how the learning style concept can be used to improve teaching and learning.
  • Name 3 methods that can be used to ascertain an individual’s learning style preferences.


This course is intended for HCA Healthcare affiliated learners.