In looking at today’s educational programs, Janis Orlowski, MD, chief healthcare officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges, said that most medical schools and residency programs no longer require much memorization. “Education is more focused on how a physician can use information for problem-based learning. For instance, while physicians shouldn’t have to memorize the entire Krebs cycle, they should understand the basic functioning of a cell. Physicians can always look up something in question,” she said.
That’s indeed the preference for today’s young physicians and medical students, who seek out information in blogs and on Wikipedia, Twitter, and Facebook. “Unfortunately, the veracity of this information and the credibility of these sources is often unchecked,” said Jesus Medina, MD, an otolaryngologist at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and a member of the ENTtoday Editorial Advisory Board. “As educators, we need to direct students and trainees to credible sources of information in these media. If such sources do not exist, academicians and professional organizations should create them.”
For example, the American Head and Neck Society (AHNS) has formed the AHNS Journal Club, a committee that reviews the leading head and neck cancer-related journals and shares the most significant ones with the membership at large, via email. Dr. Medina says that the club’s format compels residents to assess reviewed articles based on their scientific merit and relevance. “Doing this month after month gives them a solid base to assess the validity of information,” he said. | ← Previous | | | Next → | Single Page