Teaching Risk Taking Behavior in Medical Education

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This post was put together by the incredibly talented and brilliant, Swami.       A 44-year-old healthy man presents with dull chest pain for 3 hours. His EKG is unremarkable. What’s his risk for acute coronary syndrome? Should he get a troponin? Two troponins? Observation and a stress test? Emergency Medicine is an inherently […]

The Importance of GRIT

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“Grit“ or “grittiness“ is a concept in education that emerged about 5-10 years ago, created by an academic research group led by Dr. Angela Duckworth.  Check out Angela’s TED talk here: Angela Duckworth. Duckworth’s targeted research audience tends to be primary and secondary education, however I think this definitely applies to medical school, residency, and other types of high level […]

The Interplay of Emotions & Learning

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Our goal should be to create a student who moves up the knowledge axis, along an “excelsior spiral that climbs the tree of knowledge” – Barry Kort Rob & Chris’ debate about whether learning styles exist (or not)  touches upon a subtle, but important point. Forcing a student to come out of their comfort zone is important […]

Neurobiology and Medical Education

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Insights from neurobiology can be applied to medical education right now. Key concepts from neurobiology that we can use include: the need for repetition reward and reinforcement visualisation active learning optimal stress avoiding fatigue avoiding multi-tasking learning styles revisiting This is explained in the brief screencast below: References Ericsson, K. Anders, and Paul Ward. “Capturing […]

Evidence Based Education: Active vs. Passive Learning

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An interesting study was just published this past month looking at student exam performance and course failure rates in science, technology, engineering, & mathematics [STEM] courses that utilized active vs. passive (lecture) teaching strategies. The results of this meta-analysis put some more data behind the idea that active teaching/learning is the way to go. Active […]