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Work based learning

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 06 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:91
  1. Kieran Walsh, editorial registrar (
  1. BMJ Learning

In the past medical students and doctors did much of their learning in lecture halls. They then sat an examination or some other type of formal assessment. Their learning had a specific end point, when they picked up a degree or certificate. Most doctors thought that this was “proper learning” and that all other learning was somehow not up to scratch.

The problem with this type of learning is that it misses out a lot of informal learning. …

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