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Description - Medical Education: Developing a Curriculum for Practice by Della Fish

"This book is written by two eminent educators and clinicians in medicine, and provides a wealth of information and food for thought for those who have responsibility for curriculum development." Journal of Orthodontics What are the contemporary problems facing curriculum designers and developers? What are the key questions that ought to be addressed with regard to curriculum design for medical practice? How might a curriculum for practice in medical education be developed? Medical Education offers a detailed response to these questions and shows what form a curriculum for practice should take and how one can be developed. These ideas are presented in a highly practical and readable account that is essential reading for those involved in educating the doctors of the future and for policy makers in the field of medical education. It also offers useful advice for those in related fields of health care. The authors show that recent developments of curricula for postgraduate doctors have been founded on the misguided view (promoted by politicians and policy makers) that medical practice is routine, straightforward and able to be reduced to simple protocols that professionals must learn and follow. In this view, doctors are technicians who need merely to be trained through a simple curriculum. In contrast, this book shows that the practice of medicine as experienced by working doctors is complex, uncertain and unpredictable. This requires a curriculum that provides the opportunity to learn to exercise professional judgement and make decisions based on practical wisdom.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780335216222
ISBN-10: 0335216226
Format: Paperback
(231mm x 154mm x 18mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Open University Press
Publisher: Open University Press
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Della Fish

Della Fish is Professor of Education (postgraduate medicine) at King's College London and works independently as a researcher and consultant. She has also worked part time as an education advisor in the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Postgraduate Deanery for Medical and Dental Education. She has published in medical education and contributed widely to health care literature. Colin Coles is an education professor at the University of Winchester. Having taught in schools and universities, he became Education Advisor to the Wessex Deanery for Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education. He also works as an independent consultant, running workshops and undertaking research and writing. He has published widely within the field of medical education.

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