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January 2010
Education & Resources
New IDSA Teaching Guidelines Emphasize Active Learning

IDSA is promoting new approaches for teaching microbiology and infectious diseases in medical school. Published in the January 2010 issue of Academic Medicine and available online, a new set of IDSA guidelines emphasize ways to engage students about key concepts and principles, and offer an alternative to traditional methods that depend on PowerPoint-based lectures and short-term learning.

The members of IDSA’s Preclinical Curriculum Committee, chaired by Frederick Southwick, MD, FIDSA, explain that students can gain a deeper understanding of viruses, bacteria, and fungi through five teaching components:

  • just-in-time teaching
  • peer instruction
  • teaching from textbooks and Internet sources
  • small group discussions
  • essay questions

To help reduce information overload and minimize excessive memorization, the guidelines also propose a national consensus on microbiology facts and concepts that first- and second-year medical students need to know. For more information, please visit IDSA’s website.
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