KU School of Medicine-Wichita

Embark 2017

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1 Students will work through actual cases that our faculty will develop and apply the concepts they're learning. The idea is to give students more hands-on experience, and to break down what's been a huge shift in the teaching model between the first and second years and the third and fourth years. The changes will primarily impact the first two years, although some rotation requirements and durations will also change for third- and fourth-year students. Innovation and change is imminent and progress is being made to ensure our students continue to receive an excellent and relevant medical education. The future of medical care in our state depends on it. This more interactive and hands-on approach is often called ''case-based" learning. Students will be observed and assessed more on their actual skills, and less on how they perform on tests. Our new curriculum will take students out of big classrooms and put them into small groups. Instead of sitting through lectures, students will work through actual cases developed by our faculty and apply the concepts they're learning. The opportunity for innovation in medicine extends beyond new treatments and new technology. On our campus, it means changing the way we teach. First-year students who begin their training after July 2017 will learn using an entirely new curriculum. And the change is pretty significant. The traditional medical school teaching model has been to put students in a classroom for the first two years, during which a lot of rote learning of human anatomy, physiology, epidemiology and (much) more is accomplished. Hands-on clinical training comprised the bulk of students' third and fourth years. We're changing the way we educate new doctors. Think of it like learning to play a new sport. You can read about strategy and technique, but there's nothing like actually stepping onto the field and having your coach watch what you're doing and help you improve. Dean Garold Minns, M.D. The future of medical education

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