Rethinking Medical Education

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

Curriculum. Learning

Medical school curriculum – Part 1: We must do better than we’re now doing* The educated usually find themselves equipped  to live in a world that no longer exists. Eric Hoffer  (US writer on social issues; 1902–1983) Sixty years ago, when I was becoming a physician, medical school curricula were highly rigid, especially in the “basic science” years. At least in the US, they were also strikingly similar from school to school....

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Medical school curriculum – Part 2: Designing an appropriate curriculum.*  It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent,  but the one most responsive to change.  Charles Darwin (English naturalist; 1809–1882) NOTE: In the following discussion, I’ve focussed mostly on abstract generalities, not on the specifics of how to implement the recommended educational approaches, nor on examples of...

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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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