ERIC Number: ED340102
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct-21
The Medical Model and the Preparation of Education Professionals.
Grady, Marilyn L.
Through a review of the training of medical professionals, similarities can be identified as well as interesting possibilities for the preparation of education professionals. Described is a medical school curriculum over its 4-year duration. The first year's focus is basic science; the second year's is clinical introduction, and the final 2 years are clerkship years. The instruction provided during these curriculum phases and student evaluation of them are outlined. Three general principles of the curriculum are stated: the core of the method is problem solving, an emphasis is on continuous or continuing medical education, and learning should happen on the job. By looking at the more generic view of the medical school curriculum, the format reveals a heavy content or didactic emphasis in the first year. In the second year it becomes half didactic and half clinical. During the final 2 clerkship years the emphasis is on clinical experience. The professional programs of the medical and education students are then compared. One critical difference noted between clinical experiences is the lack of contact that beginning educators have with excellent role models. The characteristics of each profession are compared to understand how the concept of a profession is viewed in each field. Implications for the training of educators are outlined. (10 references) (RR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the University Council for Educational Administration (Baltimore, MD, October 25-27, 1991).