Javier Benítez MD discussing the death of the textbook on Academic Life in Emergency Medicine
The last sentence of this quote represents the key to understanding how we need to restructure medical education. Our current system ONLY emphasizes memorizing information that is too numerous and too quickly out of date to be useful. We need to incorporate the judicious and efficient use of information resources into our teaching so that medical graduates are better equipped for real world medical practice.
My theory is: exams in med school and beyond should be open-book/internet, and consist of WAY more questions than you could possibly answer in the given time limit. That way, you’re tested like “real-life”: if you happen to know the answer from memory, hooray for you, and you can move on to another question faster. On the other hand, if you don’t “just know it”, but you’re still really good at integrating the data and using your resources to find an answer, you can still answer a bunch of questions correctly. Real life, baby.