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Verrocchio, Leonardo, and the Art of Effective Feedback to Residents

Midyear reviews of residents are under way. I cherish these gatherings. We review evaluations, in-training exam scores, consider career goals, and design individual learning plans. We ponder the big picture. Where is the resident going? How are things? This season, I found myself questioning the effectiveness of...
|April 12th, 2018|Learning|3 Comments|

Microlearning

As technology rapidly develops, the industries and disciplines that make use of it — including medical education — evolve as well. Microlearning techniques are an exciting opportunity to combine grounded learning principles with new educational technologies. The term “microlearning” is actually a reference to its main strategy,...
|March 15th, 2018|Learning|4 Comments|

Internal Medicine CME: Lifelong Learning for the Busy Internist

Internists want to stay up to date on medical knowledge, and they need to meet state licensing requirements — this is where continuing medical education (CME) comes in. But between practice, research, and the many other duties of a practicing physician, where exactly does internal medicine CME...
|January 26th, 2018|Internal Medicine|4 Comments|

Bloom’s Taxonomy — From Knowledge to Practice

Identify. Recognize. Interpret. Distinguish. What do these words have in common? They are all “Bloom’s verbs” — the foundational building blocks of learning objectives, according to one of the most widely used pedagogic models, Bloom’s taxonomy. Bloom’s taxonomy is the backbone of most CME and residency programs’...
|January 11th, 2018|Learning|2 Comments|

Who Gets Chosen for Your Residency and Who Gets Overlooked? Implicit Bias in Medical Education

We are in the throes of interview season. At Yale, my fellow program directors and I have evaluated dozens, maybe hundreds of applications. We have tried to decide which applicants to interview on the basis of objective criteria — board exam scores, grades, deans’ letters. This practice...
|January 4th, 2018|Residency|4 Comments|