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Calling all Content Crackerjacks and Pedagogical Pros!

In my previous blog, I introduced you to the HMS course, “Essentials of the Profession” that integrates social medicine with medical ethics, clinical epidemiology and population health and health policy into a required one-month intensive course for first year students and another one-month required course to be taken sometime during years 3 and 4.  We face a number of dilemmas in the teaching and learning of social medicine; I will highlight three of the most salient ones here.

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Peter V Chin-Hong

5 Suggestions for Social Medic...

5 Suggestions for Social Medicine:1. Instead of bringing the community to the classroom, make the community the social medicine cl... Read More
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Jennifer Kasper

RE: 5 suggestions for social m...

Thank you Dr Chin-Hong for your thoughtful response and suggestions. With the launch of the new curriculum in 2015, we will work o... Read More
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 7:07 PM
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Dr. Kasper - Thank you for giving such an eloquent summary of the critical importance of teaching a social medicine curriculum whi... Read More
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How Leading Innovations impacted my work in post-licensure nursing education

I am one of those people who believe that there are no coincidences. I had the good fortune of sitting beside Liz Armstrong on a flight from Utah to Boston. I had been dropping off a child at Brigham Young University and Liz was connecting in Salt Lake City. From my conversations with her, I learned about the Harvard Macy courses, which led me to attend Leading Innovations in Health Care and Education, taught by Liz and another dear acquaintance of mine, Clay Christenson.

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20th Anniversary Video Blog Series: A Community of Innovators, Faculty Reflections

Educating to Innovate in Healthcare:
Twenty Years of The Harvard Macy Institute

​The Harvard Macy Institute was unique in the continuing professional development field when it was created in 1994 as an inter-professional, international incubator for innovators in healthcare education. Over the past twenty years, the Institute has been an engine of change in education, creating innovation-inspiring communities including over 3,500 scholars representing more than 800 institutions across the globe, including over 170 institutions that sent five or more faculty. Today, alumni innovations are enhancing the care of patients worldwide.

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From Rejection to Funding: The Evolution of a Scholarly Project

As a former high school teacher and professional violinist, I’ve always had stories to tell. I’ve always had a lot of “cred” as a clinician educator, and when I speak about teaching, people usually listen because I have an off-the-beaten-track perspective. However, when it came to developing an academic focus and then asking for money to support that focus, my background seemed distant and my ideas lacked clarity. I tried my hand at writing a grant proposal, but it was rejected multiple times. Enter Harvard Macy.

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What can the Humanities offer Children with Medical Complexity and Healthcare Education?

On face-value, the Humanities and healthcare education are at opposite poles.  The Humanities give voice to human beings’ imagination and emotions, and in turn give us space for for self-reflection and self-care. In contrast, healthcare education classically values cognitive and psychomotor learning. In spite of this opposition, as is often the case, opposites do attract.

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Gregg Wells

Cognitive, psychomotor, and hu...

This essay wonderfully describes the humane dimension of medical practice. Medical education can become immersed only in the cogn... Read More
Saturday, 16 July 2016 11:11 PM
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