Letters Authenticity in medical education

Clinical teaching can provide an alternative route to authenticity

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g3050 (Published 07 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3050
  1. Jonathan Lake, general practitioner1
  1. 1Department of Education, Health and Social Care, University of Winchester, Winchester, UK
  1. jonathan.lake{at}winchester.ac.uk

I agree with Powers and colleagues’ assertion that authenticity is an important goal for doctors to aspire to and is currently absent from the goal orientated learning that typifies much medical education.1 Doctors who know how to do things, but not why to do them, are at risk of becoming “implementers” rather than innovators; lacking the skills …

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