Rethinking Medical Education

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

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Why are you updating this blog now? – Part 1

Why are you updating and reissuing this blog now? – Part 1 My short answer: Several professional and personal factors have recently come together to make this an appealing time for me to be reinvigorating this blog after neglecting it for too long. A little background and the main recent developments are: Initially, I was motivated to start this blog out of enthusiasm for the possibilities that were emerging from the enlarging focus on...

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Why are you starting this new blog now? – Part 2

Why are you starting this blog now? – Part 2   Have you seen Part 1 of my answer to this question? If not, you can go to it here.   PART 2 Partly, I’m starting this blog out of my impatience with the slowness of the progress I’ve witnessed   Resistance to change Throughout the 55+ years in which I’ve been a close observer of medical education I’ve seen the availability of information on ways to improve...

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Why have you chosen to write a blog, not a book?

Why have you chosen to write a blog, not a book? To my surprise, this has been a frequent question asked by friends and close colleagues. I’m not a stranger to book writing. Together with Jane Westberg, we’ve written seven academic books  (and I’ve been involved with several other books). Truth be told, however, without Jane’s persistence, discipline, and skills, I doubt if any of our joint books would have been...

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How do I add my comments to this blog?

How do I add my comments in response to what I read on this blog? I’m delighted that you are considering adding comments and encourage you to do so. Please share your reactions to any posting or to any comment you read on this blog. Just click on the “Add comments” link in the upper right corner of the posting you are reading, or click on the “Post a Comment” link at the bottom-left corner of posting. An entry...

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Don’t existing journals and web sites already do what you are doing?

Don’t existing journals and web sites already do what you are doing with this blog? There are many worthy, MEDLINE-indexed journals for reporting research in medical education and for presenting thoughtful opinions. There are also interesting, helpful online discussions of a wide range of issues related to the teaching and learning of medicine and the other health professions. I’m trying to ensure that this site provides a...

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Is this a money-making plan? If not, why are you offering this blog?

Will this blog be a money-maker? If not, why are you developing and providing this blog? Actually, this site is not only not a money-maker, it is a non-trivial personal expense. It is not now, and won’t be, a source of revenue for me or anyone else. To avoid the risk of being constrained by any sponsor’s policies or sensibilities, I’ve decided not to accept any advertising or to seek any institutional or grant support, To...

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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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