Richard J. Zaino, MD , Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State University, Hershey, PA
"Upon completion of residency training, all pathologists are competent medical educators." This is but one myth in our system of medical education, which is unfortunately, but vividly demonstrated to medical students and residents on an annual basis. Other cherished but unproven tenets that permeate medical education include: "see one, do one, teach one"; "intimidation stimulates learning"; "the more data that is presented, the more that is learned"; "it doesn't matter how you teach, good students learn and poor students don't"; "lectures are an outdated teaching method". We will consider and dismiss some myths during this short course, replacing them with both concepts and practical tools to help faculty, fellows, and senior residents, who care about teaching, to become effective and engaging medical educators.
This course is primarily designed to help you make lectures interesting and enjoyable, but we will also consider the principles and practices for improving resident education at signout, learning theories and the importance of personality types in course design. This is both fascinating and essential to understanding differences in learning styles and the source of conflicts in curriculum design. Depending on the interests of the participants, a short segment may focus on the creation, critique, and refinement of examination questions. Participants will discuss educational strategies that work and those that fail, as well as consider the educational challenges of this decade (student entitlement, identification of appropriate learning objectives in pathology for medical students, the use of virtual images rather than microscopes, and the extensive use of computer based learning).
A lecture format is combined with extensive interaction of the participants with the course director and with one another. A survey will be mailed to pre-registrants. Survey information returned to Dr. Zaino in advance will be included in the discussion at the course. A handout will be distributed at the course, and all of the course material will be available on a CD after completion of the course. Early registration for this course is recommended since enrollment will be limited. By the conclusion of this course, you will be more enthusiastic about teaching and prepared to be a better educator.
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