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IAMSE Publications Committee Journal Reivew

Thursday, February 23, 2017   (0 Comments)
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As a fellow member of IAMSE you scrutinize the journal, Medical Science Educator (MSE), as a method to celebrate and recognize the rich history of the Association. We definitely need to remind ourselves of the predecessor of MSE, Basic Science Educator, wherein early suggestions of Virella in Common Sense in Medical Education, that “We need to write goals and objectives for every course and every lecture” and “Lectures are useless” [1995;5(1)] or those of Schwartz et al., The Standardized Patient Assessment Examination: Integration with the Basic Sciences Curriculum, that support the use of “reasoning skills not examined in other parts of the curriculum, and emphasize the importance of relating clinical situations back to the basic sciences” [2001;10(1 & 2)].  These articles and countless others seem to have paved the way for more recent articles, including the works of Huggett et al. on An Innovative Course to Introduce Human Spirituality and End-of-Life Care [2008;18(1):3-7], and Wenger et al., Medical Student Study Habits: Practice Questions Help Exam Scores [2009;19(4)].  More recently Yashar et al. have reported on Teaching Preclinical Medical Students Basic Acute Care Skills with Full-Scale Human Simulation [2004;24(4):363-368] and finally, in a recent issue Manson et al. has provided insight into Using a Flipped, Blended Learning Model to Build a Modern Classroom for Senior Medical Students Transitioning to Residency [2016;26(4):553-556], which provides a unique classroom experience for senior medical students. Using a novel ‘flipped’ classroom-blended learning model to underscore digital teaching modalities the authors were able to furnish students with a “Ready 4 Residency” case-based course. The model was well-received by students and provided a smooth transition to residency.  Indeed the Journal continues to supply noteworthy and timely topics in medical education that are worthy of recognition!

Floyd Knoop, Ph.D.
Component I Director
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Creighton University School of Medicine
Member, IAMSE Publication Committee  

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