Here you will find resources, tools and links for clinical preceptors/instructors who are working with learners during pandemic times. The information is also useful to learners arriving at UHN for their placement.

COVID Conversation Guide for Learners and Preceptors

Things have changed for everyone! It’s important to have honest discussions about what this means in our day to day lives. Use the COVID Conversation Guide  to help guide conversations around teaching and learning in our new COVID-influenced world.

Improve patient experience while wearing PPE

How to improve patient experience while wearing PPE  - tips for clinicians and learners on improving communication and patient experience while wearing personal protective equipment (PPE)

Supervising Learners Providing Virtual Care

Are you planning virtual care with a learner? These Tips for Supervising Learners Providing Virtual Care  include:

  • Information about the UHN-approved virtual care formats
  • The privacy, consent and technical requirements
  • How learners access Ontario Telehealth Network (OTN) and MS Teams
  • Orienting Learners for Virtual Care Checklist
  • Key resources, and contact information for additional support

Self-Directed Clinical Learning

The clinical work pace is different than before. What learner activities can happen while the clinical instructor is busy? Consider strategies for Learner-Centred Self-Directed Learning .

Models of Supervision

Are you thinking about how you will teach your next health professional learner(s)? Might you change how you supervise your learners? Explore the pros and cons of the Models of Supervision . Some ideas to consider:

Curated Tools and Websites for Teaching and Learning in the Time of COVID-19

Are you shifting your educational activities online? Use these Teaching and Learning Online Tips to move from an in-person activity to an online education session (e.g. workshops, grand rounds, lectures, in-services, small group, case discussions, 1/2 day sessions, etc.).

Teaching & Learning in the Time of COVID-19 Portal:

  • For questions about transitioning to virtual care and online teaching and learning
  • Quick insights into the best in online pedagogy
  • Teaching tools to navigate the "Big Pivot" in this challenging environment
This authoritative, accurate, and accessible resource was curated for you by librarians, education researchers/scholars, educational development and instructional design specialists from across UHN and Michener.

Further Teaching and Learning Support

The fieldwork/placement coordinator in your profession can support you with your questions about clinical teaching. For assistance connecting with the coordinator for your profession please email:
UHN Educational Development is available for consultations please email:

UHN’s Integrated Learner Services is available to support learners with their needs.
UHN Medical Students
UHN Medical Residents and Fellows -
All other UHN Health Professions Learners


These materials were created by UHN Clinical Educational Development. Use for your teaching and learning practice, knowing it may need to be adapted to your educational context. Feel free to print copies of the resources for non-commercial use only. June 2020


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