Generations are groups of individuals who are born or live at the same time and who share experiences and environmental influences by virtue of similar age. By extension and as a result of these shared experiences and environment, these groups often share attitudes, ideas, values, styles and problems.
In the US over the last nearly 100 years, there have been several distinct generations, commonly known as the “Silent” generation, the “Baby Boomers”, the Generation X, and now the “Millennial” Generation. Each generation has its own set of characteristics, defining moments and values, and shared conflicts and achievements.
These generational characteristics have had and continue to have significant influences on teaching and learning at all pedagogic levels. The current generation poses a new set of challenges and opportunities for medical educators. This session will review those challenges, including the growing body of literature about digital professionalism as well as the opportunities, including specific strategies for educators to enhance teaching and learning for Millennial trainees.