As medical education prepares for the shift to competency-based education, there is increasing emphasis on identifying and assessing the specific knowledge and skills needed for safe medical practice. However, putting this new understanding into practice is made complicated by perceptual/knowledge limitations of students and fundamentally flawed models of information processing and memory implicitly held by many teachers. This session will provide participants with basic understanding of core principles of memory, attention, categorization and expertise development drawn from the cognitive psychology literature. Participants will learn new ways to conceptualize their own expertise and better prepare their learners for the complexities of future practice.
Nicole N. Woods, PhD is Director of The Centre for Ambulatory Care Education (CACE), at Women’s College Hospital and Associate Director of the Wilson Centre, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto at University Health Network. Dr. Woods joined the University of Toronto in 2006 and leads a successful program of research in health professions education. A cognitive psychologist by training, her work focuses on the role of biomedical knowledge in clinical reasoning and the value of basic science training in the development of medical expertise. Dr. Woods is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and an Education Scientist in the Office of Education Scholarship.