Perspective: A perfect storm: the convergence of bullet points, competencies, and screen reading in medical education.

Title

Perspective: A perfect storm: the convergence of bullet points, competencies, and screen reading in medical education.

Creator

Wear Delese

Publisher

Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges

Date

2009
2009-11

Description

Three distinct phenomena are currently at play in medical education: (1) the pervasive use of PowerPoint in teaching, (2) the wholesale application of competency models, and (3) the shift from paper reading to screen reading regardless of course, text, or genre. Finding themselves placed at this intersection, students encounter fewer and fewer opportunities to practice some of the very cognitive and affective habits medical educators say they value in physicians, particularly critical reflection and deliberation, an eye for nuance, context, and ambiguity, and an appreciation that becoming a doctor involves more than learning content or performing skills. This article confronts these phenomena singly and then at their intersection, which may discourage, even dismantle, many of these habits. The author proposes that the rapid shift over the past decade to a technology-driven, competency-oriented environment in medical education is the medical educators' creation, one that sets up conditions for a perfect cognitive storm.

Subject

*Curriculum; *Professional Competence; *Software; *Teaching; Attention; Cognition; Education; Educational; Humans; Medical/*methods; Models; Physician's Role; Reading

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

1500–1504

Issue

11

Volume

84

Citation

Wear Delese, “Perspective: A perfect storm: the convergence of bullet points, competencies, and screen reading in medical education.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed September 28, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/4331.

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