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The Harvard Macy Institute Podcast: Learning Strategies for Health Professions – Is There a Gap from Evidence to Practice?

The Harvard Macy Institute Podcast aims to connect our Harvard Macy Institute community and to develop our interest in health professions education topics and literature. Our podcast is hosted by our Program for Educators in the Health Professions course faculty Victoria Brazil, and will feature interviews with health professions education authors and their research papers.

Podcast #6 explores evidenced based learning strategies – and whether learners and teachers practice them. Felipe Piza is first author of an article in Medical Teacher looking at this issue. He joins host Victoria Brazil and his research mentor and Harvard Macy Institute Program for Educators in Health Professions co-director Holly Gooding to discuss. 

In this episode Victoria Brazil speaks with Felipe Piza about his Medical Teacher publication Awareness and Usage of Evidence-Based Learning Strategies Among Health Professions Students and Faculty. His study was conducted in collaboration with an international group of Harvard Macy Institute scholars, including Jennifer Kesselheim, Juliette Perzhinsky, Joanna Drowos, Roni Gillis, Khen Moscovici, Theodora E. Danciu, Agnieszka Kosowska, and Holly Gooding. They used a survey methodology to review learning practices among health professions students. The team also investigated how educators help students with the process of learning. They noted a wide gap between what science has learned about effective teaching and learning and what our health professions students and faculty report actually doing in practice.

Victoria and Felipe were joined by Holly Gooding, who served as research mentor for Felipe on this paper. We discussed the findings and their implication for our educational practices, including the cultivation of metacognition.

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Victoria Brazil, MD (Educators, ’05, Leaders ’07, Assessment ‘10) is Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Simulation at Bond University Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine. Her research interests include podcasting and simulation, and she is co-producer of Simulcast - a podcast about healthcare simulation. Victoria can be followed on Twitter.


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