Contemporary Challenges in Medical Education
From Theory to Practice
Edited by Zareen Zaidi, Eric I. Rosenberg, and Rebecca J. Beyth
“Designed for clinician-educators, this interesting and well-written text summarizes the state of medical education, carefully examines current challenges, and suggests practical solutions.”— Jeffrey Borkan, coauthor of Health Systems Science
“Superb. A valuable reference tool for a wide range of topics that every medical educator should know about. A must-read for all medical school administrators, especially in areas of curriculum, student affairs, faculty affairs, ethics, and professionalism.”—Roberta E. Sonnino, former professor, Wayne State University School of Medicine
While medical schools usually emphasize the teaching of advanced scientific fundamentals through a carefully planned, formal curriculum, few focus on the equally crucial “hidden curriculum” of professional attitudes, skills, and behaviors. This concise and practical guide helps educators effectively prepare students for seldom-taught issues that arise daily in the practice of clinical medicine.
In this volume, experienced clinician-educators offer real-world examples of various pedagogical and clinical scenarios, providing evidence- and theory-based approaches to managing three areas of growth: professional development, professionalism, and teaching. Acknowledging human fallibility, the editors begin with a framework that institutions, educators, and learners can use to promote well-being, outlining strategies for mindfulness training, relaxation techniques, appreciative inquiry, narrative medicine, and positive psychology. They then apply these strategies to additional developmental topics like failure, burnout, and improving resilience, social identity formation, and graceful self-promotion.
The editors move on to discuss power differentials. They suggest ways of combatting microaggressions faced by women and minorities, fostering a safe learning environment where learners feel comfortable advocating in the setting of ethical dilemmas, recognizing and avoiding student mistreatment, and encouraging humility.
They close with implications for the classroom, explaining the benefits and pitfalls of electronic health records and social media, the positive and negative attributes of role models, how to comfortably navigate controversial topics like gun ownership and abortion, and teaching empathy.
With helpful infographics and case studies, this volume is a valuable resource for frontline educators who wish to help learners navigate the transition from layperson to medical professional.
Zareen Zaidi is associate professor of medicine at the University of Florida. She is associate chief for faculty development in the Division of General Internal Medicine, director of longitudinal portfolios for the College of Medicine, and director of scholarship for the Department of Medicine. Eric I. Rosenberg is professor of medicine at the University of Florida and chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine. He also serves as associate chief medical officer for UF Health Shands Hospitals. Rebecca J. Beyth is professor of medicine at the University of Florida and physician at UF Health Internal Medicine.
Contributors: Zareen Zaidi | Rebecca Beyth | Eric Rosenberg
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