August 26, 2013
Medical Schools Prepare Students to Navigate a New Flood of Biodata
U. of Maryland
Everyone knows how rigorous medical school is—particularly in the sheer amount of information that students have to absorb. According to some estimates, a medical student will have to learn up to 20,000 new words by his or her second year in school.
Memorization has been a standard image of the experience, but educators now say that medical schools need to emphasize a different set of skills: critical thinking, problem solving, and higher-level reasoning. The call for that new