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Solving the Problem of Opportunistic Learning in the Clinical Years with Google Docs - a strategy discussion with Dr. Neil Mehta and Dr. Elizabeth Armstrong


The clinical years of any health professional program can be a bit like the Wild Wild West. Students see patients in a variety of ambulatory and inpatient settings and the learning can be opportunistic. How do we ensure our learners are making progress and that their learning goals are achieved? In this video we discuss how an easy to use, widely available free tool can be adapted to support learning in the ambulatory clinical clerkship by following basic pedagogic principles. Dr's. Armstrong and Mehta discuss a problem faced by many clinician educators and describe a strategy of using Google Docs to solve the problem with great results as described by one of the students.  To learn more about this strategy and other technological solutions to common educational challenges, take our Educators 2.0 course with co-director Dr. Mehta.

Video length: 32 minutes.



The Harvard Macy Institute and OPENPediatrics have collaborated together to produce a series of interview-style videos on current and relevant medical education topics. OPENPediatrics is an online community of clinicians sharing best practices from all resource settings around the world through innovative collaboration and digital learning technologies.  For more information about OPENPediatrics, please visit http://openpediatrics.org.

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Useful discussion

I quite liked this format of presentation. 30 minutes is long enough to get into the weeds a bit in terms of the educational aspec... Read More
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It’s the journey, not the publication

In 2011, as a recent graduate and a new faculty member, I attended the Macy program with an eagerness to become enculturated into a global learning community and an excitement to launch my academic career.

My project was ambitious and probably too big of an undertaking for someone fresh out of training. I was seeking to correlate our home-grown milestone-based evaluation system with a validated test of emotional intelligence. My project group was intrigued by this idea and contributed constructive suggestions to help me move forward. I left the Macy program convinced that my project would be a smashing success.

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Educators Find Community of Practice Pretty Tweet!

Authors: Justin Kreuter, Elissa Hall, Teresa Soro

Imagine being part of a network of engaged and experienced medical educators. Imagine being able to tap into the collective wisdom of this network while navigating your projects. Imagine being able to directly help others in this network by sharing your experience. Imagine the feeling of inspiration that comes from belongingness and mutual commitment. Imagine no more. . . we are building a community of engaged and experienced educators just as we speak!

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Taking Harvard Macy Back Home: Implementing Spaced Education in a Pharmacy Curriculum

As a clinician educator and classroom teacher, I'm fortunate to work with my pharmacy students at both ends of the educational spectrum – the didactic and the experiential years in training. In clinic, I often get frustrated at my stud...
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Joining the HMI “System” - a Community of Learning

When Marg Hay, Monash University, and Holly Gooding, Harvard Medical School, asked me to write a blog post about my experience in the Harvard Macy Institute Systems Approach to Assessment in Health Professionals Education course, my immediate response was ‘of course, but why?’ The response was surprisingly simple. As a new scholar, I am now part of the Harvard Macy Institute community, and thus, my reflections are respected and valued.

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A brilliant post by Kristina ...

A brilliant post by Kristina who amazingly has charted the thoughts experienced by everyone in attendance. Why was she asked to... Read More
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