An article from the AMA looking at the Master Adaptive Learner (MAL) framework for lifelong learning and the ways in which it can assist physicians develop expertise in a subject.


It’s the duty of all physicians to study the art and science of medicine throughout their careers. One framework for lifelong learning—the master adaptive learner (MAL) process—outlines the thought processes that typify physicians with the make-or-break quality that enables them to develop genuine expertise.
Following are highlights from “Which cognitive processes are involved in the master adaptive learner process?”, Chapter 5 of The Master Adaptive Learner, an instructor-directed textbook designed to help faculty engender the habits of mind for lifelong learning in medicine in their students. It is the first book in the AMA MedEd Innovation Series, which provides practical guidance for local implementation of the education innovations tested and refined by the AMA Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium.

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