Clincal Mentoring Toolkit

Clinical Mentoring Toolkit

Training Health Care Workers

The ultimate goal of a clinical mentoring program is to build the skills of local clinicians. Clinical mentors may provide one-on-one mentoring to a health care provider during a patient consultation, conduct stand-alone sessions for clinical staff on various clinical topics, lead case discussions highlighting the management of complex cases, and accompany staff on rounds. This section includes information on how to use case studies and clinical vignettes to guide the training of health care workers as well as documents on adult learning, clinical decision-making in resource limited settings, and an approach to training health care workers on a process for adherence counseling.

Case-Based Learning
Case studies are a valuable way to teach clinical decision-making and critical thinking skills. This section includes instructions on how to write effective case studies and sample case studies for use when training health care workers.

Clinical Vignettes
Clinical vignettes are a special type of clinical teaching case used primarily to measure trainees’ knowledge and clinical reasoning. A vignette can be designed to measure knowledge about a specific diagnosis or clinical situation at the same time as it measures trainees’ skills in performing the tasks necessary to diagnose and care for the patient. This section includes a description of clinical vignettes as well as sample clinical vignettes tailored to physicians and nurses.