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Not Everyone Is Perfect - Struggling Learners, Remediation and the Role of Faculty

Date: 14 Sep 2022, Wednesday| Time: 0900 - 1200 | Track Type: Pre-Conference Workshop | Format: Face-to-face | Venue: Academia

Speakers: Dr Krithikaa D/O Nadarajan, Dr Matin Mattar, Dr Kavitha Garuna Murthee & Dr Lourdes Ducusin Galang


As educators, we frequently encounter learners who struggle to meet expectations. However, identifying the root causes of the problem and then helping the learner to achieve essential milestones within a certain timeline can be challenging as faculty often have inadequate training in this area. The remediation workshop addresses this need.

About 10% of trainees in healthcare are identified as ‘struggling’ or ‘challenging’ learners. Early identification of these trainees along with appropriate remediation leads to better outcomes. Faculty often have inadequate training in this area and can be perplexed on how to support and guide these struggling learners. This remediation workshop will help participants understand the various types of challenging learners and how to ‘diagnose’ them, as well as recognise the key components involved in remediation.

Participants will be introduced to a useful framework that can be used to assess a struggling trainee; develop and implement an individualised action plan; and conduct a focused reassessment of a struggling trainee to ensure an acceptable level of competence has been met. These skills will be taught via a combination of didactic lectures and small group interactive sessions utilising case studies and role plays.

Learning Outcome(s):

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify struggling trainees
  • Develop an individualised action plan for struggling trainees
  • Do a focused reassessment of struggling trainees’ performance

Participants self- perceived confidence and skills in remediating struggling trainees will be measured via pre- and post-session evaluation tools.

Target Audience:

Faculty in Undergraduate and Post-Graduate training programmes, programme coordinators, clinical and academic supervisors, and anyone who seeks to improve their skills in identification and remediation of struggling trainees. No prior knowledge/experience in remediation is necessary.


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