ERIC Number: EJ1094503
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Adapting the Forms of Yesterday to the Functions of Today and the Needs of Tomorrow: A Genealogical Case Study of Clinical Teaching Units in Canada
Schrewe, Brett; Pratt, Daniel D.; McKellin, William H.
Advances in Health Sciences Education, v21 n2 p475-499 May 2016
Emergent discourses of social responsibility and accountability have in part fuelled the expansion of distributed medical education (DME). In addition to its potential for redressing physician maldistribution, DME has conferred multiple unexpected educational benefits. In several countries, its recent rise has occurred around the boundaries of traditional medical education practices. Canada has been no exception, with DME proliferating against a backdrop of its longstanding central node, the clinical teaching unit (CTU). The CTU first appeared just over 50 years ago with its position in Canadian health care largely taken-for-granted. Given the increasing prominence of DME, however, it is timely to reconsider what the place of tertiary centre-based practices such as the CTU might be in shifting medical education systems. From a genealogical perspective, it becomes clear that the CTU did not just "happen". Rather, its creation was made possible by multiple interrelated cultural, social, and political changes in Canadian society that, while subtle, are powerfully influential. Making them visible offers a better opportunity to harmonize the benefits of longstanding entities such as the CTU with novel practices such as DME. In so doing, the medical education field may sidestep the pitfalls of investing significant resources that may only produce superficial changes while unwittingly obstructing deeper transformations and improvements. Although this work is refracted through a Canadian prism, reconceptualizing the overall design of medical education systems to take advantage of both tradition and innovation is a persistent challenge across the international spectrum, resistant to tests of time and constraints of context.
Descriptors: Medical Education, Foreign Countries, Distance Education, Clinical Experience, Educational Methods, Educational Change, Geographic Location, Campuses
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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