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June 10, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

Presented by APA’s Journal Club
June 10th at 12PM ET

Retrieval practice – using quizzing and review questions to enhance learning – is an increasingly common strategy in health professions education, and there is mounting evidence to support it. Most studies have only focused on using written questions to reinforce formal lectures, though. The article we will discuss examines how we can apply this powerful technique to bedside clinical teaching on rounds; the authors found that a simple retrieval exercise at the end of rounds boosted trainees’ perception of the educational value of rounds. We will review the concept of retrieval practice, discuss how it has been used in other contexts, and explore the possible benefits of integrating it into rounds.


Cooper AZ, Verbeck N, McCallister JW, Spitzer CR. Incorporating Retrieval Practice Into Intensive Care Unit Teaching Rounds: A Feasibility Study. J Grad Med Educ. 2020;12(6):778-781.


  • Adin Nelson, MD, MHPE, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Division of General Academic Pediatrics, Weill Cornell Medicine and NYP-Komansky Children’s Hospital, New York, NY
  • Teri Turner, MD, MPH, MEd, Professor, Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Martin I Lorin Endowed Chair in Medical Education, Section of Academic General Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX