Understanding Medical Education Evidence,Theory and Practice

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: eBook
  • Copyright: 2013-11-18
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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In this new and extensively updated second edition, the Association for the Study of Medical Education presents a complete and authoritative guide to medical education. Written by leading experts in the field, Understanding Medical Education provides a comprehensive resource of the theoretical and academic bases to modern medical education practice.

This authoritative and accessible reference is designed to meet the needs of all those working in medical education from undergraduate education through postgraduate training to continuing professional development. As well as providing practical guidance for clinicians, teachers and researchers, Understanding Medical Education will prove an invaluable resource to those studying at certificate, diploma or masters level and a first ‘port-of-call’ for anyone engaged in medical education as an academic discipline.

Exploring medical education in all its diversity and containing all you need in one place, Understanding Medical Education is the ideal reference not only for medical educators, but for anyone involved in the development of healthcare professionals, in whatever discipline wherever they are in the world.

Author Biography

Professor Tim Swanwick is Dean of Postgraduate Medical Education for Health Education North Central and East London, and Visiting Professor of Medical Education at the University of Bedfordshire

Table of Contents

List of  Contributors



Part 1: Foundations

1 Understanding medical education
Tim Swanwick

2 Teaching and learning in medical education: how theory can inform practice
David M. Kaufman and Karen V. Mann

3 Principles of curriculum design
Janet Grant

4 Quality in medical education
Alan Bleakley, Julie Browne and Kate Ellis

Part 2: Educational strategies

5 Problem-based learning
Mark A. Albanese

6 Interprofessional education
Della Freeth

7 Work-based learning
Clare Morris and David Blaney

8 Supervision, mentoring and coaching
John Launer

9 Teaching and leading small groups
Peter McCrorie

10 Lectures and large groups
Andrew Long and Bridget Lock

11 Technology-enhanced Learning
Alison Bullock and Peter de Jong

12 e-Learning
Scott Rice and Jean McKendree

13 Simulation in medical education
Jean Ker and Paul Bradley

14 Portfolios in personal and professional development
Erik Driessen and Jan van Tartwijk

15 Self-regulated learning in medical education
Casey B. White, Larry D. Gruppen  and Joseph C. Fantone

16 Learning medicine from the humanities
J. Jill Gordon and H. Martyn Evans

17 Patient involvement in medical education
John Spencer and Judy McKimm

Part 3: Assessment

18 How to design a useful test: the principles of assessment
Lambert WT Schuwirth and Cees PM van der Vleuten

19 Written assessment
Brian Jolly

20 Workplace assessment
John J. Norcini

21 Structured assessments of clinical competence
Katharine AM Boursicot, Trudie E. Roberts and William P. Burdick

22 Standard setting methods in medical education
André F De Champlain

23 Formative assessment
Diana F. Wood

Part 4: Research and Evaluation

24 Thinking about research: theoretical perspectives, ethics and scholarship
Jan Illing

25 Quantitative research methods in medical education
Geoff Norman and Kevin W. Eva

26 Qualitative research in medical education: methodologies and methods
Lorelei Lingard, Tara J. Kennedy and Stella Ng

27 Programme Evaluation: Improving practice, influencing policy and decision-making
Chris Lovato and David Wall

Part 5: Staff and students

28 Selection into medical education and training
Fiona Patterson, Eammon Ferguson and Alec Knight

29 Career progression and support
Caroline Elton and Nicole J. Borges

30 Managing remediation
Deborah Cohen, Melody Rhydderch and Ian Cooper

31 Dealing with diversity
Anthony Americano and Dinesh Bhugra

32 Developing medical educators: a journey, not a destination
Yvonne Steinart

33 Educational leadership
Judy McKimm and Tim Swanwick


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