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A Flipping Revolution in Medical Schools

Drexel University’s College of Medicine unveiled plans Wednesday, February 24, to revamp its curriculum for the first time in more than a decade.  The plans include fewer lectures and more flipped classrooms.  An article published February 22 in the USCNews describes how faculty in the Keck School of Medicine are using a new Lightboard studio to teach classes in a flipped format.  This past Sunday, February 21st, I posted an entry entitled “The Wikipedia University School of Medicine” that describes how the flipped classroom format is being used in the Stanford University Medical School.  On November 13th of last year I posted an article that describes how the Harvard University Medical school launched a program last summer that includes moving classes to a flipped format.  The University of Southern California, Drexel University, Stanford University, and Harvard all have medical schools that are using flipped classrooms or moving to them.  The Harvard Crimson reports that “deans and professors from peer medical schools commended Harvard’s change and said it mirrored in many cases their own curricular shifts.”  The “Wikipedia University” post provides an argument for this trend: there are now extraordinary resources available online that are improving each day that help students learn medicine.

Top Medical Schools React to Harvard’s Curriculum Change
By Melanie Y. Fu and Jiwon Joung, The Harvard Crimson, September 29, 2015

Blended Learning Options Rise at Medical Schools, Jordan Friedman, U. S. News and World Report, March 23, 2016

Now Streaming: How to Do a Kidney Transplant, Tina Amirtha, Motherboard, April 8, 2016

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