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General References on Medical Education


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Dent, J. A. & Harden, R. M. (2001). A practical guide for medical teachers. New York: Churchill Livingstone.

The book cover describes the aims of this book as an attempt to bridge the gap between the theories of medical education and the practice, especially an attempt to help clinicians to understand contemporary educational principles and provide practical help in a variety of teaching situations. It is an edited book with 25 authors and 39 different chapters covering topics such as curriculum, educational strategies, assessment, study skills, communication skills and basic sciences. There is something in this volume for everyone.


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McKeachie, W. J. (2002), McKeachie’s Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research, and Theory for College and University Teachers (Eleventh Edition).Lexington, MA: D. C. Heath and Co.

McKeachie’s book is a true classic in the field of higher education. It deals with an enormous array of issues, those that would surely be of interest to novice and experienced teachers alike: large group teaching, discussion methods, one-to-one teaching, laboratory teaching, testing, grading, student feedback, and more.

Newble, D., & Cannon, R. (2001), A Handbook for Medical Teachers. Fourth Edition.Lancaster, England: MTP Press.

I call it “The big red book” (20 × 30 cm.). Aside from its bright color, it has large print, and is liberally sprinkled with cartoons. It is fun to read and packed with information on many topics including: lecturing, small group teaching, making presentations at a scientific meeting, use of media, clinical teaching, course planning, assessment of students, preparing teaching materials and where to find out more about medical education. The only criticism I can make of this excellent overview is that they sometimes attempt to condense too much into a few sentences. But it sure beats reading wordy texts that say nothing.

Whitman, N. A. & Schwenk, T. L., (1997), The Physician as Teacher. N. A. Whitman.

Part one presents a view of teaching as a form of communication. It draws parallels between clinical practice and teaching in several chapters on physicians as communicators, the roles of teachers and learners, and the teacher-student relationship. The chapter (pp. 71-89) on lectures provides a review of the proper objectives of the lecture, and presents five methods by which teachers can maintain attention. It offers useful information on the topics of objectives, techniques, and a number of strategies for increasing active involvement including questioning, brain storming, demonstrating, role playing and problem solving. This book is published by Whitman and can be ordered directly from him.

Norman, G. R., van der Vleuten, Cees P. M., & Newble, D. I. (2002). International Handbook of Research in Medical Education. Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

This is an exhaustive reference book—in two volumes—comprising over 1100 pages. It’s 33 chapters review current research and contemporary issues in health sciences education. It provides the evidence for policy and practice in education. The 33 chapters are divided into six sections: Research Traditions, Learning, The Educational Curriculum, Instructional Strategies, Assessment, and Implementing the Curriculum.