Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Article Med School 'Senioritis' - Learning outcomes and medical education

Med School 'Senioritis'
Inside Higher Ed
June 25, 2009

Last March, Washington and Lee University's Law School dean told Inside Higher Ed that, "We wouldn't dream of training doctors only from a book," as a justification for his then newly unveiled plan to transform the third year of law school with experiential courses. Well, medical schools may have taken the hint. In a study and corresponding editorial published Wednesday in the July issue of the Association of American Medical Colleges' Academic Medicine journal, experts are calling for a reform of the traditional senior year medical curriculum. The report -- which was co-authored by six medical school professors, five of whom are from the University of California at San Francisco -- argues that medical curricula often fail to fully utilize the fourth year of medical school, succumbing instead to what some might call "senioritis." With students interviewing for residency programs throughout the year and senior grades usually not a factor in residency applications, many claim that students lose the self-motivation that makes their first three years successful. Moreover, medical students are often close to being done with their core requirements.

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  1. See related opinion piece on "Reforming Pre-Med" by Julio de Paula (2009.08.20) in Insider Higher Ed: http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2009/08/20/depaula

  2. From the POD listserv (2009.08.24):

    Another AAMC (American Association of Medical
    Colleges) committee is currently working on another report that will address the social science competencies for future physicians. It is mentioned at the end of this article:

    Here's a letter from the dean of the Yale Medical School. The letter is called "Providing tomorrow's doctors a robust grounding in science": http://medicine.yale.edu/ysminfo/top_story/2009/07/17072009.html