Medical Education in the Information Age: Engaging learners and creating change across the continuum.
Reported by G. Robert D’Antuono, MHA
I had the good fortune to hear a presentation by Graham McMahon, MD, MMSC, President and CEO of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), on the emerging challenges in medical education during the virtual AHME Spring Institute last May, 2021. Nearly everyone in medical education today is challenged to master new, more effective ways to train medical students and residents and to provide continuing professional development to teaching faculty. Dr. McMahon, a skilled thought leader and clinician educator, has impressed us with his traditional and novel concepts and methods to teaching and learning. An endocrinologist by training, he is a passionate educator with experience at every level across the continuum.
The COVID pandemic has created opportunities and challenges in medical education: virtual learning has now become the standard method for learning and engagement. We are now better situated to enable blended pre- and post-learning activities, and faculty can be more flexible in curriculum development and planning. Dr. McMahon presented five concepts deemed to be innovative and effective educational practices:
In summary, Dr. McMahon emphasized that powerful learning experiences can be engineered using available technology. Knowing your learner; building trust; incorporating assessment, feedback, active learning and using a team as a learning unit, are key to the medical education process.
Resource: For a copy of Dr. McMahon’s slides, click here.
G. Robert D’Antuono, MHA is emeritus Assistant Dean for CME, formerly the Winthrop University Hospital Campus for SUNY Stonybrook SOM, now NYU Long Island Medical School, Mineola, NY and Co-Editor-in-Chief, SACME CE News.