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A new model of ‘competency based’ medical education is gaining popularity globally, in which trainees are assessed on skill rather than mere time invested. (Shutterstock)

How to improve the skills of tomorrow’s doctors

A radical new model of "competency based" medical education emphasizes trainee skill over time invested. Queen's University is the first in Canada to fully embrace this shift.
Commemorations to honour those who have donated their bodies for the study of anatomy not only contain symbolic objects like candles and flowers, but also song and online tributes. from www.shutterstock.com

Medical schools are shaking off a dark past by honouring people who donate their bodies to science

We've come a long way since the dark days of grave robbing to provide bodies for dissection. Now, there are ceremonies and memorials to honour people who have donated their body to science.
The latest evidence-based treatments for opioid addiction are often under-used, due to inadequate addiction education for doctors and nurses. (Shutterstock)

Better medical education: One solution to the opioid crisis

Most physicians are unaware of effective approaches to treat opioid addiction. Addiction medicine fellowships offer a new and effective way to save lives.
Private medical schools in the Caribbean promise low fees and tropical beach locations, amongst other benefits. (Valorie Crooks)

The risky lure of Caribbean offshore medical schools

Competition for spaces is driving Canadian undergraduates to medical school in the tropics. And there are risks - for student career prospects and Caribbean health systems.
For some medical students, learning on simulated patients isn’t enough. from www.shutterstock.com

Is it OK for medical students to practise on themselves?

Medical students are practising invasive techniques on themselves and fellow students, a new study shows. But aside from obvious safety concerns, is there anything wrong with self-practice?
In this April 2, 2015, file photo, a visitor leaves the Sacramento Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Rancho Cordova, California. AP/Rich Pedroncelli, File

Caring for veterans: A privilege and a duty

A physician who has spent 25 years working within VA hospitals reflects on what it has meant to him to serve those who have served our country.
There’s much we can do to stop our junior doctors from feeling devalued, demoralised and depressed, like this junior doctor protesting in London earlier in 2016. from www.shutterstock.com

Are we expecting too much of our junior doctors?

Junior doctors are often blamed when things go wrong in hospital. But are we placing too many demands on them?
Medical student and child at Minnesota Indian Health alternative spring break experience. Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth

Why get a liberal education? It is the life and breath of medicine

The sustainability of academic medical centers and the value of a liberal education have both been under attack. Both are essential and integrated components of our best U.S. institutions.
Committing to genuine action to address the ‘toxic culture’ is a positive step, but the actual detox will require more radical surgery to some deeply held beliefs. Jonathan/Flickr

Surgeons take a scalpel to their own toxic culture

An independent report commissioned by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) released yesterday has found bullying, sexual harassment and discrimination are commonplace in the culture of surgeons…

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