Rethinking Medical Education

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

Teaching

Do we learn these lessons from being teachers?

Do we learn worthy lessons from being teachers? Below is a Letter to the Editor of the US newspaper, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, published on their website on 11-12-08 (shortly after the election of Barack Obama), and accessed the following day, from: http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/editorialcommentary/story/850FCFB07A2AF4A5862574FE00802A92?OpenDocument.* The writer (who is not someone I know), proposes several lessons that...

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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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Does jargon slip into your communications?

How much jargon slips into your communications? Does it help or hinder? Incomprehensible jargon is the hallmark of a profession. Kingman Brewster, Jr., (1919-88)  Former President, Yale University The line between serious and spurious scholarship  is an easy one to blur, with jargon on your side. David Lehman (1948-), U.S. poet, editor, critic Do we use too much jargon? Some have observed that medicine may be the most jargon-ridden...

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Does humor have a place in teaching? If so, what is it?

Does humor have a place in teaching? Q: And what is the single greatest thing that sustains you? A: A sense of humor. And I laugh at myself. Kofi Annan (1938-) (7th Secretary General of the UN) If I can get you to laugh with me, you like me better,  which makes you more open to my ideas. John Cleese (1939-) (British comedian, writer) Less than three weeks before Barack Obama was elected to become the 44th President of the US, he and John...

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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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