Article review: Commentary on graduate medical education in the U.S.

graduation-cap“How ready are medical students for the clinical practice of medicine?”

This was the question addressed by the landmark 1910 Flexner Report from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Back in the early 1900’s, residency training did not exist yet, and students entered clinical practice immediately after graduation from medical school. The quality of medical training varied significantly with alarming deficiencies in many medical schools. An independent, nonprofessional organization was commissioned to report about the situation in order to pressure the public to reform medical school education.

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By |2016-11-11T19:01:50-08:00Nov 23, 2009|Education Articles, Medical Education|

Trick of the Trade: The defensive arts against pimping

laughingThanks to Dr. Rob Roger’s podcast on EM-RAP Educator’s Edition series, I learned of one of the funniest publications EVER in a medical journal. It was published on April 1, 2009 in JAMA. The article focuses on teaching medical students the essential skill set– how to survive “pimping”.

Pimping traditionally occurs when an attending physician poses a difficult question to a learner in a public forum, such as board rounds or in the operating room. As a student or resident, you know that this will happen during your training, and you should be prepared. If you think of pimping as a form of battle, you will need a good defense, and you should mix it up to be successful.

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By |2016-11-11T19:01:51-08:00Nov 18, 2009|Medical Education, Tricks of the Trade|