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Rapid fire questioning discourages resident growth

Residency Program Insider, June 3, 2016

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Asking physicians-in-training a rapid series of questions is a core aspect of teaching on the hospital floor but can be detrimental to their learning and growth, says Dhruv Khullar, MD, a second-year resident at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, in a blog post.

The practice known as “pimping” requires residents to answer questions in quick succession in front of colleagues, nurses, and patients to demonstrate how many facts they know. Khullar suggests that pimping puts too much emphasis on memorization and recitation rather than adopting a growth mind-set that encourages residents to venture beyond their comfort zones.

Source: The New York Times



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