Teaching physicians to be adaptive lifelong learners is essential — and it starts early.
If you spend your entire career caring for patients in exactly the same way that you were trained, both you and your patients are missing out. And yet, many physicians do very little to update their methods, even decades into their careers.
Healthcare educators and organizations like the American Medical Association’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium are creating new ways to help medical students build the skills they need to keep abreast of their rapidly changing field, and continually improve throughout their careers.
This AMA article describes the four phases of lifelong learning according to Dr. William B. Cutrer, MD, assistant dean for undergraduate medical education at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
Those phases are:
- Planning by determining knowledge deficiencies
- Learning the information necessary to address deficiencies
- Assessing whether changes in practice are required, and
- Adjusting practice to align with what was learned.
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