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The New GI Education Landscape

Aug. 10, 2016

Authors from Gastro's Mentoring, Education and Training Corner offer practical tips for GIs and GI educators looking to adapt to the new world of medical education.

Thanks to new technology, multiple generations in the workplace and a more complex workforce filled with more types of medical workers than ever before, the health-care educational landscape has changed quite a bit in the last few years — and because of this, practitioners need to adapt.

This is a key message from this month’s Mentoring, Education and Training Corner column in Gastroenterology, which also offers practical tips for GIs and GI educators looking to adapt to this changing landscape.

The column authors, Drs. Brijen Shah, Silvio de Melo Jr. and Gary Falk, discuss evolving approaches to medical education, which include a healthy mix of individualized and workplace learning, simulation, and team-based learning and gamification. Read some tips below, or if you have your own tips to share, join the authors in a discussion in the AGA Community.

Embrace the “I” in “GI”

The authors explain that the single biggest trend in medical education today is the move toward individualized learning, meaning that as a physician, your learning needs evolve with and for you. “The challenge of individualized learning is that it requires the individual to maintain a log of all activities with self-reflection (certificates, measurement of practice data, examination scores),” they note.

To stay organized, they recommend putting together a learning portfolio to keep your educational documents organized. They also recommend that when leading a learning session, you should present multiple learning technique options to attendees beforehand and ask which ones they prefer. That way, you can make sure your lessons are making the most impact for your students.

Teaching and Learning on the Job

Keep in mind that every day, each case, patient and even difficulty present continuous learning opportunities for your GI team. Drs. Shah, Silivio de Melo Jr. and Falk recommend keeping track of larger educational gaps by identifying consistent situations in which your colleagues are struggling, and checking in on those over time. 

Simulation is Key

Simulation is another important part of educational training today, especially when it comes to gastroenterology and GI procedures such as endoscopies and colonoscopies. The authors point out that although simulation training may sound expensive, it doesn’t have to be. “It includes any type of simulated educational interaction (online activity on advanced cardiac life support, ex vivo models to teach novel endoscopic techniques, photos or videos sets to educate on recognition of flat polyps, etc)."

To see the authors' other tips for adapting to the new educational landscape, including those on team-based learning and gamification, make sure to read their full column in Gastroenterology.

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