Resident and teacher perceptions of the preceptor field note: a qualitative analysis


  • Milena Markovski Southlake Academic Family Medicine
  • Vyshnave Jeyabalan University of Toronto
  • Robert Stephens University of Toronto
  • Lana Kiehn Southlake Academic Family Medicine
  • Jonathan Lockwood University of Toronto
  • Danyal Saeed University of Toronto
  • Risa Bordman North York Regional Hospital



Implication Statement

Assessment of clinical teachers is a requirement by family medicine residency programs in Canada. This facilitates feedback to teachers and ensures the curriculum is delivered in an efficient and safe way. To protect resident confidentiality, preceptors often receive their teaching evaluations months to years later. Teachers have requested shorter feedback loops, greater numbers, and more frequent assessments to improve their skills.

The preceptor field note (PFN) is a tool that allows learners to evaluate teachers during a single encounter providing more frequent and immediate feedback. This study documents teachers’ and residents’ initial impressions of the first iteration of the PFN.


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How to Cite

Markovski M, Jeyabalan V, Stephens R, Kiehn L, Lockwood J, Saeed D, Bordman R. Resident and teacher perceptions of the preceptor field note: a qualitative analysis. Can. Med. Ed. J [Internet]. 2024 Feb. 15 [cited 2024 Jun. 20];. Available from:



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