Medical school without lectures
The traditional lecture format has been the way of life in medical schools for over a hundred years. Charles Prober, MD, senior associate dean for medical education, says it's time to re-think that approach. In a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine, Prober and Stanford colleague, Chip Heath, PhD, professor at the Graduate School of Business, propose packaging the lecture into 10- to 15-minute videos that students can watch on their own time. The classroom time can then be dedicated to engaged, active learning. Their strategy uses a clinical scenario as a prelude to the medical lecture. Starting off with a patient's story can ignite a student's curiosity, and that, in turn makes lectures more relevant and memorable.
In this podcast, Prober sketches out his vision for a new medical curriculum.