25 September 2006

Learning Objectives

Learning objectives seems to be a very modern way of saying 'create your own medical education'.

While I didn't enter university completely deaf, dumb or blind, I hadn't quite grasped the magnitude of the type of medical education that is taught today.

The majority of medical schools now (including the one I am attending) teach an 'integrated' curriculum for the training of doctors. The idea of a couple of years of pure science followed by clinical years (as The Hippocratic Oaf is studying) seems to be fading amongst most medical schools. Whether for good or bad I cannot comment, but the decision to follow an integrated syllabus was made due to my prior degree in science. I did not see the point in doing another 2/3 years of pure science.

What alarms me the most is the huge emphasis placed on learning through colleagues. Now don't get me wrong here - I expected to do group work, but I didn't quite grasp that PBL (or Problem Based Learning) would be taught to me by my peers...

Quite how this will pan out, I aren't exactly sure. But one thing's for certain, we'll be hating each other by Christmas....

5 comments:

Magwitch said...

Did you see that one of the commentators on Dr Crippen's blog pointed out that PBL is commonly know as FOFO (f**k off and find out). We had this kind of (crap), er, I mean, learning experience on my ECP course. It normally meant "we can't find/don't have a lecturer who knows anything about this but its in the syllubus so you'd better go and learn it".

Good luck!

Mat said...

PBL seems to mean, "We're going to make lectures easier, but keep exams just as hard".

Of course, you don't realise that till you see the exams. And realise you've never ever done half the stuff on them.

Of course, I'm biased because I'm half way through a shitty pbl on CHD and Hypertension.

Michael said...

Watch out for inexperienced or non-specialist facilitators, and confident bullshit merchants. The former may not spot when someone has the wrong idea about a topic, and the latter will send you down the wrong path whilst sounding believable. The principle of PBL seems sound, but the implementation can be pretty bad.

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Anonymous said...

Wait to your elective and do some real medicine. Durham is FOFO. It means that your 5th year will be an anti-climax, but at least you did a thorocentesis. Yes, you will probably have to fight with technitions for every blood you take. However, biopsychosocial model, no problem.