Learning climate refers to the prevailing mood, attitudes, standards, and tone in the clinical or classroom environment. A negative climate can feel hostile, chaotic, and out of control. A positive climate feels safe, respectful, welcoming, and supportive of learning. The good news is that climate doesn’t just happen—it’s created! There are things faculty and preceptors can do to deliberately shape the climate into a positive learning environment. We have included resources below with ideas for structuring and conducting learner orientations to the clinical and office environment; considering the physical and emotional environment; the importance of effective communication and establishing expectations; and more.
Just In Time
These Just In Time resources are ideal if you only have a couple of minutes to start finding out about Learning Climate & Orientation of the Learner.
Orienting a Student to your Office
Source: Primary Care Clerkship Teaching Videos
Two scenarios contrasting the right and wrong way to orient a new medical student to your office and practice.