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Become a Doctor, No Lectures Required

September 26, 2016
Photo: ERIN POST - An instructor at the U. of Vermont Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine teaches in an 'active classroom.'
Photo: ERIN POST - An instructor at the U. of Vermont Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine teaches in an 'active classroom.'

Four years after two senior academics at Stanford University challenged medical schools to stop lecturing and start flipping their classrooms, major reforms at underway at a handful of colleges to change the way they teach medicine.

The University of Vermont last week became the most recent institution to join the trend, announcing a pedagogical reform in its College of Medicine that observers say is the most sweeping yet. The college will over the next several years remove all lecture courses, replacing them with videos students watch on their own time. And instead of sitting through lectures, students will meet in “active learning” classrooms, led by faculty members, working with their classmates in small groups.

The approach builds on experiments at Stanford, which has worked with Khan Academy to test a flipped classroom model in certain medicine courses. Other institutions have taken that model a step further. The Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York, for example, has since the 2012-13 academic offered an entirely flipped curriculum.

Source: Inside Higher Ed