Posted tagged ‘Medical Education’

The future of education, or do you fancy a free iPhone…

December 10, 2009

Give away 1000 free iPhones, ask the students to use them for learning, and then be shocked when the feedback is awesome!

Seriously, I think the iPhone/iPod Touch platform is the way forward for medical education and support – it’s such a versatile little thing, powerful, and now almost ubiquitous.  You can even get free tickets to the cinema with an Orange iPhone now.

Stanford Blogging

October 27, 2009

Fellow bloggers.  Clinical Cases Blog is a great resource regarding medical education resources on line.  This morning they posted this, a blog for the Stanford Medical School.  It’s well resourced, there’s plenty of folk posting on it, it’s regularly updated, and I think it’s just the kind of thing we should be aiming for here in Dundee.  We could do with a cool name, like “Scope”, like they have, but I’m convinced it’s the way to go.

First DundeeChest, tomorrow…. the WORLD!

Confucius Says….

October 21, 2009

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.

The Dundee medical curriculum is centred around the concept of reflection, but I think it is not well understood.  We all write up our reflections in hollow platitudes, the same template repeated again and again.  But do we really look critically at what we have done on a daily basis?  Do we think about how to improve ourselves?  How to change how we learn, how we teach, how we function?

I decided this year to start a reflective diary, in the form of an online blog.  It’s locked, no-one else can read it.  I find it very useful – every day I write what is happening in my life, both personal and work related, and how I feel about what has happened that day.  It is sometimes hard to write, and sometimes hard to find the time to write, but when I do I find it concentrates my mind to what I have done, what I got right, what I got wrong, how to improve things next time.

I spoke to the second years at the beginning of their block and suggested they start a reflective blog.  One at least has, and I’ve read a wee bit.  I follow it with interest, as he begins to use the tool in different ways.  I can strongly recommend to anyone to start a reflective learning blog; it has helped me a great deal in just the past few months.