Rethinking Medical Education

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

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Might Apple Inc Revolutionize Education?

Apple’s Education Announcement in 2012:  A potentially large step into the future for textbooks and learning? On 19 Jan. 2012, Apple Inc introduced three initiatives intended to “reinvent the textbook” and enhance learning. Did they live up to my dream of yesterday? No. Instead, they surpassed it! Instead of announcing the “rental” system for textbooks that I had imagined, they are doing something better. To make textbooks more...

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My hope (dream) for future textbooks

My hope (dream) for future textbooks Tomorrow, 19 January 2012, Apple Inc will host a media event, at an exceptional venue for one of their closely-watched announcements. Almost all their announcements are held in generic auditoriums in the San Francisco region. Tomorrow’s will be held at the Guggenheim Museum, in New York City. Mystery always surrounds these events. The invitation for this one says only: “Join us for an...

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An inescapable hazard of meaningful learning

An inescapable hazard of meaningful learning A man learns to skate by staggering about making a fool of himself. Indeed, he progresses in all things by making a fool of himself. George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) A lesson about learning (from an unlikely source) For several years, while we lived in Florida, we traveled to Colorado in the winter, where we spent time with close friends from California and went skiing together. Like me, our friend...

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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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