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SNAPPS is a learner-centered teaching approach to clinical education consisting of six steps. In learner-centered education, the learner takes an active role in their educational encounter by discussing the patient encounter beyond the facts, verbalizing their clinical reasoning, asking questions, and engaging in follow-up learning pertinent to the educational encounter. The preceptor takes on the role of a facilitator by promoting critical thinking, empowering the learner to have an active role in their education, and serving as a knowledge 'presenter' rather than a knowledge 'source.'

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About the Presenter:

J. Matthew Neal, MD is a native of Muncie and completed his undergraduate and medical studies at Indiana University, a Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Massachusetts, and a graduate certificate in epidemiology and biostatistics at Drexel University. He completed his internal medicine residency at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital and fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at Indiana University. He was appointed as Executive Medical Director, Academic Affairs in 2011 and remains active as a teacher in all programs. He also has a system role as Assistant Dean for Educational Affairs and Faculty Development for the IU School of Medicine.

Dr. Neal is a dedicated educator and the author of five endocrinology textbooks which have been used as teaching tools by medical schools and other residency programs as far away as Europe. He is a past winner of the Cullison Housestaff Teaching Award and the IUSM-Muncie Excellence in Teaching Award, and is the author of many peer-reviewed journal articles.