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Eric Gantwerker

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Eric Gantwerker MD MS MMSc (MedEd) is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Texas – Southwestern and Children’s Health.  Dr. Gantwerker splits his time between surgery, quality improvement (QI), and education.  Clinically, he specializes in children with complicated airway problems and co-leads a large multidisciplinary quality and safety improvement effort around tracheostomy care.  From an educational standpoint, he recently completed a Master of Medical Science (MMSc) in Medical Education at Harvard Medical School.  By studying curriculum development, cognitive science of learning, educational technology, and researching how people learn, he is hoping to change how medicine is taught and bring it into the 21st century.  He does educational research and curriculum development in undergraduate and graduate medical education as well as simulation.  

The Power of Why

Why is the most powerful word in education. Asking why is a mark of curiosity, the strongest intrinsic motivating factor. It forces people to find answers and ultimately ask more questions. It drives people to endlessly pursue knowledge. It, along with its cousins what and how, have driven scientists and researchers for centuries. What seeks to identify the element responsible for a given phenomenon. How is asked to better understand the processes that underpin a phenomenon. But why is the question that is asked when people want to utilize critical thinking. Why does not seek simple answers, rather it asks a fundamental characteristic that entrains judgement, reasoning, and logic.  Why beckons itself for someone with wisdom, experience and insight to bring reason and logic out of uncertainty. 

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Embrace research! Encourage re...

How will we promote the why?Encourage research thinking and practice in our learners and peers. Research is focused on why. We n... Read More
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The Great Divide: Bringing educational theory to practice in surgical education

This time last year I was sitting in a classroom at the school of education, learning about metacognition, reflection, and deep understanding.  It had only been 18 short years since I graduated high school and I couldn’t help but wonder - How did I get here?  I had finished my ear, nose, and throat (ENT) surgical training and quickly went from learning about resecting cancer and performing airway reconstruction to learning about teaching for understanding. 

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Thank you for such important and insightful blog.
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Medical education in the age of technology

I was sitting on my couch one day watching Dr. Sanjay Gupta on CNN talking about heart disease.  He was describing the process of atherosclerosis as a screen behind him projected a beautiful digital rendering of several small platelets flying down an artery only to strike a large yellow plaque adhering to a vessel wall.   I thought to myself “Why don’t we have these types of visually appealing digital videos to help explain complex processes like fat metabolism and bilirubin processing to our medical students?”  This discrepancy between the tech worlds of the private and education sectors has vexed me and I have spent the past several years educating myself about technology and its potential for medical education.

As many of us experienced in our training, the application of technology was limited to professors uploading their slide decks to PowerPoint™ and or learning management systems like Blackboard™.  With technology now ubiquitous in our lives, educators from K-12 to graduate schools are embracing technology for teaching in the hopes of engaging students, personalizing learning, and gathering an overabundance of data.  Medical education has classically been slow to innovate and in an era of rapidly expanding capabilities, we must face the fact that change is not only coming, but is necessary.  In this post I will try to scratch the surface on the innovations appearing in the world of educational technology and introduce some of the conferences showcasing the cutting edge.

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It seems that this same rationale can be utilized to educate patients, especially older, GenX and beyond, on the issues they may f... Read More
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Holly C Gooding, MD, MSc

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Thank you for bringing up the important point about patient education! So much of what we have learned about how adults learn is a... Read More
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