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November 11, 1933

Teaching Methods in Medicine: The Application of the Philosophy of Contemporary Education to Medical Schools.

JAMA. 1933;101(20):1587. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740450061034

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Many clinical teachers of medicine, admittedly, understand but little of pedagogy. This small volume attempts to describe as simply as possible certain fundamental pedagogic methods now used by modern teachers in other fields of instruction and to arouse the interest of clinical teachers in the broad problems of education. The author begins with the argument that at present no formal teacher training is necessary for teachers of medicine and therefore that their teaching is apt to be conducted in more or less haphazard fashion and in a manner not strikingly successful. He describes briefly various teaching methods employed in progressive schools and colleges and attempts to show how these methods might be utilized or modified to improve medical teaching. He gives a number of good references to the current literature on education, urges doctors who are instructing medical students to study seriously how to teach and suggests, finally, that a

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