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Joshua Ginsburg

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Joshua Ginsburg, M.D. is a medical educator and emergency medicine physician. Josh currently holds a position as Clinical Instructor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Virginia, where he is completing a fellowship in medical education. Josh’s areas of professional interest include clinical reasoning, decision making, and the application of psychology to medical training. He can be followed on LinkedIn.

Training with Mental Practice in the COVID-19 Era

How does 23-time gold medalist Michael Phelps prepare for an Olympic race, an event so rare it happens only once every 4 years? According to his long-time coach, “He mentally rehearses for two hours a day... He smells the air, tastes the water, hears the sounds, sees the clock.” Can medical trainees do the same? 

With the overall drop in patients, procedures, and hands-on experience in the COVID-19 era, the foundational experiences that comprise the bulk of medical training are becoming rarer. To help remedy this, we need a simple, effective, high-fidelity training tool that can be accessed from the comfort of one’s own socially-isolated home. I suggest we use the highest-fidelity trainer available - the human brain - to train our learners using structured mental practice.

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Gregg Wells

Comparative roles of video vs....

Great post! How do video, audio, and written training compare? Narrated video (including slow motion) would seem to present the ... Read More
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