ERIC Number: ED330283
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
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Fostering the Professional Development of Medical Students.
Swick, Herbert M.; And Others
During the decade of the 1980s, rapid changes in the nature of medical practice and in patterns of health care delivery confronted medical educators with many challenges. At the Medical College of Wisconsin these challenges led to the design and implementation of the 2-year longitudinal experience called the Profession of Medicine Program (POMP) which is the subject of this paper. Based on the student development theories of William Perry and Arthur Chickering, POMP provides first and second year medical students a series of short didactic courses and small groups preceptor meetings designed to facilitate the development of the students' professional identity. The program was evaluated using two methods: a student evaluation and a semi-structured generation instrument, the Measure of Intellectual Development (MID), designed to measure a student's view of the role of uncertainty in making knowledged-based decisions. Results of the MID generally demonstrated a significant developmental gain on the part of POMP participants, while their score distributors showed significant differences with those of a control group at equivalent times in their medical educations. Approximately 70% of fourth year students who were also POMP participants achieved a score of 3 to 4 on a scale of 1 to 5. The students themselves reported that the program challenged them to think about the issues identified as program objectives. (12 references and 4 tables.) (JB)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Decision Making, Evaluative Thinking, Higher Education, Intellectual Development, Medical Education, Medical Students, Professional Development, Student Attitudes, Student Development, Theories
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Medical College of Wisconsin, 8701 Watertown Plank Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53226.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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