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Should medical school lectures be moved out of the classroom?

This morning I read an article in The Australian titled “End of the med school lecture”. As I reviewed the first few paragraphs I kept thinking that this will never fly – at least not in the Institutions that I have worked with. But by the end of the article I thought that the University of Queensland’s School of Medicine may really on to something.

The school’s head Ken Donald believes that every medical school teaches the same basic information to their students, where the challenge lies, is making students understand how to effectively use the knowledge that they develop. He went on to state that “it’s better to use your staff’s time to teach students how to use that knowledge to be doctors; to teach them clinical skills, clinical resources, professional and personal development and interaction with patients.” By putting lecture content online classroom time can be reallocated to problem based learning activates and mentoring activities.

I think it will be really interesting to see if their strategy will work as envisioned. What do you think?

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