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Health Care Education 2.0 and the ‘rise of the humans’

As my eyes adjust from ‘square’ back to ‘round’ after another thrilling week at the Harvard Macy Institute, I reflect on the joy and privilege of working with the talented and extraordinary faculty and scholars of the course. One would be forgiven for thinking that you would leave a program such as this armed with a suite of amazing and increasingly usable tools to dazzle your students and peers, which of course you do, but I kept finding myself focusing my reflections on the spaces between the technology – the people. 

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Putting Health Care Education 2.0 Applications into Practice

Harvard Macy has created a worldwide community of healthcare educators trained to embrace innovations central to a patient-based paradigm of care.  One cannot spend time as a scholar without realizing personal and professional change in a journey to becoming a change agent for others. In this blog I will describe a number of innovations I have implemented that I learned in the Health Care Education 2.0 course.  The course was transformational for me in so many ways.  I was not simply exposed to #MedEd Technology; I was encouraged to develop a fluency in tools available and challenged to develop more.  

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Medical School in Three Years?

Do you think today’s physicians can be trained in three years instead of four?  There are advocates in both camps.  Opponents would say that to shorten medical education is to shortchange the training necessary for competent physicians.  Supporters would cite the benefits of accelerated pathways, including individualized training, competency based education, the option to reduce escalating student debt and the opportunity to align education to societal needs.  Many accelerated programs, such as FMAT (Family Medicine Accelerated Track) at Texas Tech, focus on training primary care physicians in underserved areas. 

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Educating physicians to navigate the complexity and uncertainty of clinical care

The practice of medicine involves inherent ambiguity. As physicians we seek to provide “best” practice for our patients, setting black-and-white standards in a greyscale space of clinical care. We develop simplified algorithms to aid us in navigating medicine’s complexity and uncertainty—tools that are evaluated in research studies and honed through quality improvement initiatives. With the drive to standardize care comes a challenge for medical education: How can we train physicians to use these evidence-based tools, while being comfortable in the face of uncertainty and thinking critically about how they integrate them into practice?

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Nicolas Thibodeau Jarry M.D

Accepting our own vulnerabilit...

This is a very interesting and thought-provoking article. We have the tendency to focus a lot in medical education on processes (t... Read More
Tuesday, 06 September 2016 10:10 PM
Gregg Wells

Responding to ambiguity and un...

What can resolve ambiguity and uncertainty? In many cases, more information. An ever-present reality for medical decision-making... Read More
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Leading innovative change in the assessment of physical therapy students in clinical education in Canada

In 2009, physical therapy (PT) clinical education in Canada reached a pivotal point.  Canadian university entry-to-practice PT educational programs were faced with the challenge where the current assessment form being used to assess student performance in clinical education was not meeting the needs of Canadian educational institutions.  Therefore, we needed to either adopt another measure or develop our own Canadian measure that was reflective of Canadian PT practice.  We decided to develop a new Canadian measure and I seized this incredible opportunity to lead this national initiative.  

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