The Learner-Centered Learning (LCL) model is a model for both learning and teaching. It can be used to identify what the student’s current educational status is and where it should be. In LCL, the student participates in leading discussions and the teacher/preceptor becomes a facilitator. By becoming a facilitator, you allow the student to learn, use, and explore their own skills. 

LCL Application Example:

During a clinical rotation, a 16-year-old female high school athlete is seen for chronic foot pain. The student decides, in collaboration with the preceptor, to refer the student athlete for an x-ray to rule out a stress fracture. The student asks why several female athletes have been seen that semester for chronic foot pain, two of which were diagnosed as stress fractures. The preceptor throws the question back at the student, highlighting that the student had made a good observation, but asked the student to identify the answer and report back. 

After exploring different possible reasons, the student finds that female athletes may be more susceptible to stress fractures if they are experiencing RED-S. Once the student had collected the evidence and shared it with their preceptor, the student was able to adjust their history-taking process for female athletes in the future. 

Had the preceptor simply answered the initial question, the student may have forgotten the information, or not been able to apply it to their clinical practice later. 

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