This month we will discuss an article describing how one medical school (Mayo Medical School) linked basic medical sciences with the ACGME core competencies as a way of introducing students to clinical issues earlier in their medical school experience. We are facing a similar circumstance, linking the basic sciences with the VUSM core competencies, which are based on the ACGME core competencies, as well as integrating with the continuity clinical and the colloquium. The authors describe their efforts to restructure anatomy education and integrate radiology with first year gross and developmental anatomy. The block that results emphasizes clinically oriented anatomy, invites self- and peer-evaluation, provides daily feedback through an audience response system, and employs team-based learning. By providing this article for the July Journal Club, it is not expected that we should copy what Mayo has done. Rather, it is hoped that the article will inspire reflection and discussion as we—as an institution—tackle the challenge of making the teaching of the basic sciences more relevant to clinical practice.
Gregory JK, Lachman N, Camp CL, Chen LP, Pawlina W. Restructuring a basic science course for core competencies: An example from anatomy teaching. Medical Teacher. 2007;31:855-861.
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Director of Program Evaluation, Office of Teaching and Learning in Medicine
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Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
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