Medical Education

Scoring the USMLE – where to next?

Since the inception of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) in 1992, sitting for this multi-part examination is a rite of passage for all physicians wishing to practice medicine in the United States — but has it become too important? Sponsored by the Federation of State...
| June 27th, 2019| Learning| 1 Comment|

Letters of Recommendation: Program Directors Need to Do Better

It is interview season, and I am reviewing candidates for my residency program. It is a very humbling process. Even considering board scores, transcripts, and personal statements, the true person behind the dossier can remain opaque. How do we figure out who might be a good fit?...
| December 6th, 2018| Residency| 2 Comments|

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|

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| 5 Comments|