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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