This article answers a question asked by many clinicians: ‘There are students1 in my workplace, what next?’. Experience-based learning (ExBL), the evidence-informed theory we have progressively developed over 20 years, has provided answers and raised new questions.1-4 Our response has been to complement ExBL with an even finer-honed tool, which we introduce here. The acronym SMAC (Situation, Me, Act, and Check) summarises how clinicians can help students learn from encounters with patients.5, 6 Before elaborating on SMAC, the next paragraph and Box 1 summarise how ExBL helps create environments that favour clinical learning. While ExBL was developed to educate medical students, it is founded on principles that make it transferable, potentially, to students of any health profession.
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