Medical School Phases Out Lectures While Emphasizing Importance of Team Work

Americana serves up many versions of the heroic individual: the cowboy out riding fences, the scientist working late in a lab, the detective who bends the rules to get the bad guy. Another one: the doctor who just won’t quite until he finds that elusive cure for a mysterious ailment dogging a patient—think House or Marcus Welby. Physicians historically have gone their own way. Just Google “doctors herding cats,” and see how many hits you get. 

That’s not the way the real world of medicine works anymore, and a medical school in Vermont teaches students what counts: physicians who are good at listening, fact-finding, critical thinking, and collaborating.

The Boston Globe looks at how medicine’s being taught at the University of Vermont medical school, where “the professor has little to say,” because the students must work together to find the answers. The Globe says the school offers medical education that produces the kind of doctors today’s patients need. “Toward that end, the school has pledged to eliminate all lectures by 2019,” the Globe reports. “Nearly all medical schools are reducing lecture time and moving toward these interactive modes of learning. But Vermont’s Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine, propelled by a gift from an alumnus, is going the furthest—and the fastest—with its 2019 goal.”

Source: Boston Globe