What the educators are saying

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7513.392 (Published 11 August 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:392
  1. Lambert Schuwirth, associate professor (L.Schuwirth@EDUC.unimaas.nl)
  1. Department of Educational Development and Research, Maastricht University, Netherlands

    How can I know what I don't know?

    Although the ability to assess your own deficiencies is considered essential for lifelong learners, most people are not very good at it. Students at McMaster University, Canada, were asked to judge themselves relative to their peers in 10 medical subject areas in rote factual knowledge and higher order conceptual information. Their self assessments were compared with the results on the personal progress inventory (PPI), a recurrent longitudinal multiple choice examination containing both factual recall and higher order conceptual items. Overall, no significant correlation was found between the self assessment and the actual performance on the test. Even when students were asked to assess their performance after they sat the test, their assessment was at best moderately correlated with their actual scores.

    Course teaches how to request organs for donation

    Requesting organ donation is a complex challenge for doctors, consisting of breaking bad news, dealing with family emotions, and asking relatives for permission to donate …

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