Title

A History of Medical Pedagogy in the United States since the 19th Century: A look to the past to better determine the future of medical education

Lead Author Major

Biological Sciences

Format

Oral Presentation

Faculty Mentor Name

Des Maxwell

Faculty Mentor Department

Biological Sciences

Abstract/Artist Statement

Medical Pedagogy has evolved dramatically over the years, ranging from the dissection of cadavers snatched during grave robbing to the use of expensive simulation mannequins. Advancements in the field of medical education will continue to be made with the ongoing development of simulators. Knowledge of the history of medical pedagogy will further our understanding of the impetus for the move in this new direction. Much of the available literature on the history of medical pedagogy is not specific to the United States and is often conflicting. A sample of the wide range of literature on this topic was consulted in order to compose an outline of the history of medical pedagogy from the 19th century to today in the United States. Medical education techniques differ all over the world, so an account specific to the United States is better suited to explain where the future of medical pedagogy should be headed in this country. The research presented here reflects upon the flaws in past medical training methods and attempts to determine what may be the best method for training future doctors. The prospect of a medical education mostly provided by simulation is explored. One potential benefit is avoiding fatalities and injuries attributed to the learning curve. Additionally, questions raised about using cadavers and the effectiveness of the education on received from them could also be resolved. Looking to the past will help us make the best decisions for our future.

Location

DeRosa University Center, Room 211

Start Date

20-4-2013 1:40 PM

End Date

20-4-2013 1:45 PM

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A History of Medical Pedagogy in the United States since the 19th Century: A look to the past to better determine the future of medical education

DeRosa University Center, Room 211

Medical Pedagogy has evolved dramatically over the years, ranging from the dissection of cadavers snatched during grave robbing to the use of expensive simulation mannequins. Advancements in the field of medical education will continue to be made with the ongoing development of simulators. Knowledge of the history of medical pedagogy will further our understanding of the impetus for the move in this new direction. Much of the available literature on the history of medical pedagogy is not specific to the United States and is often conflicting. A sample of the wide range of literature on this topic was consulted in order to compose an outline of the history of medical pedagogy from the 19th century to today in the United States. Medical education techniques differ all over the world, so an account specific to the United States is better suited to explain where the future of medical pedagogy should be headed in this country. The research presented here reflects upon the flaws in past medical training methods and attempts to determine what may be the best method for training future doctors. The prospect of a medical education mostly provided by simulation is explored. One potential benefit is avoiding fatalities and injuries attributed to the learning curve. Additionally, questions raised about using cadavers and the effectiveness of the education on received from them could also be resolved. Looking to the past will help us make the best decisions for our future.