Talk:Medical education

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Case study[edit]

According to Walter Bradford Cannon in his biography The Way of the Investigator, p. 85, he initiated "Case study" methods in medical education. He says that he wrote an article "The Case System of Teaching Systemic Medicine" for the Boston Medical and Sugical Journal. (no date given) He says he was prompted by observing his roomate Harry A. Bigelow prepare for his law courses with the Casebook method. In WP Case study is devoted to sociology with no mention of medicine. Cannon's statement follows:

The idea of using printed clinical records, that I suggested as basis for discussing diagonosis and proper treatment, was at once favorably received and put into use. Case books on disease of the nervous system, on general medicine, and on diseases of children soon appeared.... That reform started about 1900.

Can anyone confirm Cannon's story. What about today's educational paradigm ? Rgdboer (talk) 00:45, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

Dr. Cannon's story is easily disproved. A little reading in the history of medicine quickly demonstrates that the case study was a -- if not the -- principal method of instruction in so-called Western medicine, as far back as Classical Greece and Rome. --Una Smith (talk) 04:54, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

Another thing, a case study in sociology is equivalent to a "clinical review" in medicine. The "case study" referred to here concerns the use of a medical case report (often a mock report) as a teaching tool. ---Una Smith (talk) 05:02, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

Following the suggestion to do reading in the history of medicine, I took up Making Medicine Scientific (2002) by Terrie M. Romano. The subtitle is John Burdon Sanderson and the Culture of Victorian Science; chapter one, "Choosing Medicine" has a section "Time in Paris" describing Sanderson's further medical education in 1851. On page 26 we find:

He joined the English Medical Society and was for a time its president. The society held weekly meetings at which students read papers on medical subjects or communicated the history of cases, followed by general discussion.

So I will agree with Una Smith that Cannon did not initiate the use of case reports in med ed.Rgdboer (talk) 22:04, 15 July 2008 (UTC)

Graduate entry ?[edit]

In Canada, medicine is not technically a graduate entry degree. I think "second entry degree" would be more accurate, as many medical schools (for example the University of British Columbia) allow admission after 3 years of undergraduate study. (talk) 04:26, 3 January 2009 (UTC)

Online Learning section bias[edit]

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