Task Force for Classroom Learning
As part of the ongoing work of the Program in Medical Education to improve the teaching and learning of medical students, the Academy convened and directed a taskforce, comprising many of the course directors in the Fundamentals of Medicine portion of the curriculum along with key educators and Academy staff, to examine the pedagogical goals and principles that should apply to teaching in a range of settings. The group met monthly for 6 months, and has elaborated a set of recommendations that will encompass specific strategies to enhance long-term memory of content and analytical skills to facilitate problem solving, explicit expectations of students and faculty with regard to their preparation for education sessions, and modifications of the physical plant at HMS to provide greater flexibility to meet the educational needs of the 21st century.
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