One Minute Preceptor

Known as the One Minute Preceptor or Five Step Micro-skills approach to educational situations. This approach provides a structure to educating on the go to ensure effective preceptorship and feedback is provided, especially in a busy clinical environment.

What is it?

  • Educating on the go.
  • Make the most of teaching time.
  • Microlearning: Fits in with learners faced with time poor situations.
  • Effective preceptorship structure.
  • Role modelling.

Five imperatives (or micro-skills):

  1.  Get a commitment.
  2.  Probe for supporting evidence.
  3.  Teach general rules.
  4. Reinforce what was done right.
  5. Correct mistakes.

Aim of The Approach

  • Deeper level discussion.
  • Promote discussion.
  • Provide feedback.
  • Increase student satisfaction and learning.
  • Confidence to the preceptor.


Aagaard, E., Teherani, A., & Irby, D. M. (2004). Effectiveness of the one-minute preceptor model for diagnosing the patient and the learner: proof of concept. Academic medicine, 79(1), 42-49.

Neher, J. O., Gordon, K. C., Meyer, B., & Stevens, N. (1992). A five-step “microskills” model of clinical teaching. The Journal of the American Board of Family Practice, 5(4), 419-424.