"How we flipped the medical classroom"

In this new article published in Medical Teacher, authors from the University of Hong Kong describe how (and why) they successfully flipped their classroom to help students learn principles of joint disease. They conclude with 4 practical points for an effective experience.

Debating the effectiveness of the lecture

The debate about the relative effectiveness of lectures continues. You can tell Canadian educator Tony Bates' conclusion by the title of his recent evidence-based analysis "Why lectures are dead (or soon will be)". Lectures were also the topic of a recorded panel discussion at Australian National University, Canberra. 

Microflipping: a Modest Twist on the 'Flipped' Classroom

"In practice, the flipped classroom often feels like an all-or-nothing endeavor that does not serve students as well as it could. Instructors typically either invest in flipping classes...or they don’t. What if, instead, we used a partially flipped classroom—the "microflipped" classroom—that combined the best of the old and new teaching approaches?"

MEdIC - The case of the absentee audience

'What do you do when half the students don't show up, and then the half that did come were too busy texting and emailing to listen?' This is the question posed in this week's Medical Education in Cases (MEdIC) series. Medical educators from around the globe are contributing their solutions in the comments section. The suggestions are enlightening...

(article suggested by D. Bonnycastle)

ACP High Value Care Course Curriculum for Students

The American College of Physicians (ACP) and MedU have collaborated to create an online High Value Care curriculum for medical students based on related materials developed for student educators and residents by ACP and the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM). The six online case-based modules for medical students incorporate active learning strategies and enable student users to learn about High Value Care in a clinical context at a convenient time and place. Modules include short interactive virtual patient cases, brief instructional videos, key teaching points and embedded links so that students can apply principles from the High Value Care modules to other cases.

The module topics are:

  • Defining High Value Care & the Importance of Clinical Reasoning
  • Statistics and Clinical Decision-Making
  • Preventive Care and Value
  • Medications and Value
  • On Rounds: Medical Students, Teams, and High Value Care
  • Insurance

Curriculum documents are freely available to all for download here. The entire HVC course is available to any school or student with a subscription to any MedU course.

Teaching and Learning Medical Biochemistry: Perspectives from a Student and an Educator

This article addresses the questions, "Why do medical students consider it unnecessary to learn biochemistry?" and "What can educators do to convince them that learning biochemistry is important in their education?" The authors, a fourth year medical student and a medical biochemistry educator, discuss four factors that partly explain why some medical students have unfavorable opinions about biochemistry and offer practical suggestions for those teaching the subject.

To Be There or Not To Be There: Is Attendance Really the Question?

Do students attend your classes? Should they? This article from Academic Medicine reframes the problem.

Competencies in clinical informatics for medical education

Bill Hersh has long been a recognized leader in clinical informatics. He and his colleagues at OHSU have collaborated to identify competencies and learning objectives in clinical informatics. Their product, "Beyond information retrieval and electronic health record use: competencies in clinical informatics for medical education", will be helpful to those responsible for curricular design. There is an accompanying brief video abstract.

Free Clinical Teaching Guidebook (iPad)

Deirdre Bonnycastle's Clinical Teaching Guidebook iBook  is an overview for preceptors of students and residents who are teaching in the office of hospital setting. It is a free download from the iTunes store.

Microsoft Office Mix for educators

Office Mix is Microsoft's new PowerPoint 2013 add-in that makes it easy to turn PowerPoint presentations into podcasts. The tool captures screen drawings and makes it easy to embed interactive questions for students. It is ideal for creating content for flipped classrooms. See more about how educators are using Office Mix here.