Dr Neel Sharma
Significant changes in intervention are noted in medical education. During my schooling, PBL was the flavour of choice, but now TBL very much is. Technology is playing a significant role, through high fidelity simulation, virtual patients, flipped classrooms, MOOCs and adaptive learning.
I wonder therefore whether the historical view of academic publishing should change in accordance.
Universities are certainly institutes that are slow to change. Peer reviewed publications are relevant as well as the number of citations and journal impact factor. For one, medical education is a field where impact factors play little role. And the time from ethical approval, to study completion and subsequent journal acceptance is long, often a few years at least. By then, the relevance of the study may have lost its appeal.
Blogging is certainly an avenue that can change this. And some organisations are taking this avenue seriously. Reflections courtesy of AMEE is just one example. And for those who are desperate for editorial review, AM Rounds by Academic Medicine and BMJ Blogs offers just that. A blog can allow for instant result reporting or commentary that is in real time. Just in the same way, clinicians prefer to offer a real time diagnosis and treatment, the same should hold true in education.
Videos are another medium that should be explored. As they say a picture is worth a thousand words, and BMJ's new journal Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning highlights that a video is worth a million pictures, offering video features for journal submission.
Medical Education has come a long way. And its time that the dissemination of its interventions follow suit.