The treachery of images: how Rene Magritte informs medical education.

Title

The treachery of images: how Rene Magritte informs medical education.

Creator

Wear Delese; Zarconi Joseph

Publisher

Journal of general internal medicine

Date

2011
2011-04

Description

Using Rene Magritte's well-known painting The Treachery of Images (This is not a pipe), we argue that the current focus on competencies throughout medical education can sometimes lead educators to rely too heavily on scores, checkmarks, or other forms of assessment that come to be viewed as equivalents for the actual existence of what is being measured. Magritte insisted that the image he created on the canvas was not a pipe but rather a representation of a pipe, an important distinction for educators to remember as we seek ways to evaluate trainees' attainment of the fundamental knowledge and skills of the profession. We also urge that the focus on broader skills, values, flexibility, reflection, and insight development should fall outside the net of a competency orientation in a supportive environment spared from traditional assessment methods, using a classroom in undergraduate medical education as an example of working toward this end.

Subject

*Medicine in the Arts; Competency-Based Education/methods; Education; Educational Measurement/methods; Humans; Medical/*methods; Paintings/*psychology; Teaching/methods

Rights

Article information provided for research and reference use only. All rights are retained by the journal listed under publisher and/or the creator(s).

Pages

437–439

Issue

4

Volume

26

Citation

Wear Delese; Zarconi Joseph, “The treachery of images: how Rene Magritte informs medical education.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed October 22, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/3251.

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