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Dear Native English Speakers, Please Make Sure Your English is Understandable

What do the AMEE Conference, Reddit, and popular programming languages - such as Java - have in common? If you answer that they are all based on English, you are correct. Though they are international, their medium of choice, like many other things, is English. The landscape of academia is also English-based, as English publications are far more numerous that those of other languages.

Therefore, native English speakers may naturally feel more at ease communicating with an international audience. However, this BBC article describes why non-native speakers can be more effectual English communicators in these settings, and native speakers should step up their game.

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Challenging Assumptions: Your own, your tribe’s, and your community’s

The Harvard Macy Institute Program for Educators in Health Professions is an ideal place to develop and practice new teaching skills consistent with the current knowledge of experiential learning theory, as well as a place to enhance scholarly expertise and explore organizational leadership. As I found, it is also a place to recognize your personal potential and to help others find theirs by identifying ideas, commitments, and even biases, that knowingly or unknowingly hold us back. Ultimately, this allows us to transform into better versions of our educator and leader selves.

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Zheala Qayyum, MD

Follow up

This is really well done Kim. I’m so glad to hear about your ‘test’ results! Thanks so much!
Tuesday, 25 September 2018 4:04 PM
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Behind the Curtain with Louis Pangaro: How the RIME Framework was born

Recently, Louis Pangaro received the 2018 National Board of Medical Examiners Hubbard award. Lou is known for his work developing conceptual frameworks for assessment and developed the RIME framework for clinical assessment of learners in medical education. As Lou is one of the course directors for our ‘Systems Approach to Assessment in Health Professions Education’ course, and a leader in medical education assessment of learners, we thought we’d ask him to explain the RIME Framework, and how it came to be.

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Guest — Mark Stephens

With Appreciation

Dr. Pangaro has been a colleague, friend and mentor for years. The simplistic elegance of the RIME framework is something that I ... Read More
Thursday, 28 March 2019 12:12 PM
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#MedEdPearls September 2018 - A different approach to questioning

Looking for a quick, engaging activity for your course? Try a slightly different approach to using questions that facilitates peer instruction, promotes deeper learning, and allows for knowledge application. Similar to Team-based Learning, this activity can also give student teams an opportunity to provide rationale for their responses while also providing you feedback on how well students are understanding the material.

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Guest — Tiffany Tsang

great article

great article
Tuesday, 11 September 2018 7:07 PM
Lori R. Newman


Great article and an interesting way to assess your learners' knowledge and engage in peer teaching.
Tuesday, 02 October 2018 12:12 AM
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The Role of Formal Training in Medical Education: New Pathways to Medical Education

Since my early years in medical school I have understood that teaching was one of the skills a physician should have. Teaching patients, families, and multi-disciplinary teams is a daily and complex activity. What shall we say then about teaching prospective doctors? Is it a higher calling, an inherent talent impossible to be taught and learned? Or is it a teachable skill itself?

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