When less is more

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 14 April 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:884
  1. Kieran Walsh, editorial registrar (
  1. BMJ Learning

Most courses follow a set pattern: lectures in the morning and workshops in the afternoons. The lectures usually last an hour, despite the fact that people stop paying attention after 15 minutes. Listeners usually perk up a bit in the last five minutes, but at best about half of the potential learning is lost.1 We have known this …

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