Explore Leaf Method’s impact in Academic Medicine.
Read about the theoretical underpinnings of the LEAF method and the process, wherein a coach and learner methodically identify themes in written feedback and how areas for reflection can be uncovered, including strengths and weaknesses.
Feedback Theme Codebook
Download our adaptable codebook for GME feedback.
The adaptable codebook is designed to assist anesthesiology programs in using the LEAF method to improve the use of written feedback. The codebook is applicable to most feedback, and is available for free download.
Use it as a starting point, customize it to the trends you see in your program’s feedback, and evolve with time to improve the use of feedback for your learners.
Advanced LEAF Tipsheet
Unlock LEAF success with our curated tipsheet.
The Advanced LEAF Tipsheet is a valuable resource for those looking to improve their use of the LEAF method. This curated tipsheet features insights and strategies developed over years of experience using the LEAF method, and covers a range of topics, from coding themes and engaging learners to facilitating reflection.
Improving the quality and quantity of feedback is important but challenging. The LEAF method is an alternative approach which focuses on increasing the effectiveness of existing written feedback by helping learners interpret it, identify what is said (and what is not but usually is), reflect on their strengths and weaknesses, and develop specific learning goals and action plans.
How to LEAF
The LEAF method involves a coach and learner reading through written feedback comments, connecting each comment to a relevant theme, and reflecting on what’s said, what’s not said but usually is, and what that means. This can help the learner understand how their written feedback compares to typical comments and identify strengths and blind spots for improvement. By using the LEAF method, educators can help learners extract the most possible from existing feedback, and learners can more easily identify and reflect on areas for growth and development.