Residency

Nontraditional learning formats

Residency Program Insider, August 21, 2015

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The Common Program Requirements stipulate that the residency program must provide regularly scheduled didactics. The didactic curriculum should include medical knowledge topics recommended by the review committee of your specialty, as well as those covered by your specialty board examination.

As we learn more about ideal adult learning, programs should be encouraged to try nontraditional learning formats such as the “flipped classroom.” In this model, learners complete the didactic component of learning independently outside of classroom, such as reading an article or text or watching a video presentation. Classroom time is then used for practical application of the material, such as working through clinical cases or analyzing an evidence-based article. Essentially, what was traditionally viewed as “homework” is done in the classroom with the assistance of the instructor.

Source: The Residency Program Director’s Handbook, Second Edition



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