Rethinking Medical Education

Questions, observations and recommendations toward reform of the process and content.

About this blog

About This Blog

WELCOME!   About this Blog Thanks for stopping by. I’m glad you’re here. This blog is a non-commercial, voluntary effort. Although I serve as “provocateur-in-chief,” I try offering observations that encourage others to join the exchange. I try to keep my entries fairly brief and easily digestible. When a topic needs fuller development I refer to other entries in this blog, or to writing that others or I have done....

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Thanking some of the people who influenced my thinking, and others

Acknowledgements Note: I began medical school in September 1953. From my first day I experienced events that caused me to be critical of aspects of conventional medical education. Almost immediately I began exploring what was known about teaching in medicine, and I began thinking about desirable alternatives to my current experiences. Ultimately, I arranged to attend medical school part-time so that I could pursue a doctorate degree in...

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The goals and premises of this Blog

The goals and premises of this blog If you don’t know where you are going, you will likely end up somewhere else.  And you won’t know when you’ve arrived. Author unknown We drive into the future using only our rearview mirror. Marshall McLuhan (Canadian educator, philosopher) (1911-1981) Background Much of what happens day to day in many medical schools is educationally suboptimal. Some of the practices are downright...

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A little about me

A little about me

Hilliard ("Hill") Jason, MD, EdD I've spent more than a half-century doing what I could to understand and help enhance the medical education process, mainly in the US, but occasionally in 36 other countries. I was responsible for the 2 largest multi-institutional studies of medical teaching ever done. My wife, Jane Westberg, PhD, and I have collaborated in writing 7 academic books and creating 60 educational videos on aspects of health professions education. Among other positions, I was Founding Director of the Office of Medical Education Research and Development at Michigan State University and Founding Director of the Division of Faculty Development at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). For 2 years I was Scholar in Residence at the National Library of Medicine. I've been a professor at 5 US medical schools. (Happily, all my departures were voluntary.) ;-) Since 1990 I've been Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences Center. • To view a fuller biography (CV), please click here. • To view an interview of me done for Education for Health, please click here. • To view an interview of me done for Advances in Health Sciences Education, please click here.
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