A New Paradigm for Orthopaedic Education (Visit this link)
by David S. Hungerford, M.D.
to the members of the Faculty of the
Johns Hopkins Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Traditional educational paradigms consist of considerable didactic content delivered live in a classroom setting. Most meetings of societies and Instructional courses also use this format. The method of learning can be characterized as 'vaporware,' since it has been conclusively shown by multiple studies that retention even as soon as the next day is usually in the single digit range (percentage-wise). The traditional method of textbook writing and writing of chapters and articles does produce educational material of substance and durability, but they suffer from lack of availability, i.e., the information is not where you want it when you want it. Even videos and CD's suffer from availability and from the linearity of the content, i.e., you have to pretty much start from the beginning and proceed to the end. In addition, the content is often too elementary for the advanced learner and too advanced for the beginner.
What is required is a methodology that provides just the right educational material at just the right time in just the right amount.
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Added: Tue Mar 11 2008