Medical Science Educator Volume 6: No. 2

MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Roger Koment, Ph.D.

It is evening as I begin to write this Message… in a hotel room over 6,000 miles from home, my mind reflecting on the events of this day. Sevastopol Ukraine has left a lasting and unexpected impression, and one which I believe has relevance for all of us in the Basic Science Education Forum (BSEF)… Read more »

HOW MUCH BIOCHEMISTRY SHOULD A COMPETENT PHYSICIAN KNOW?

Reg Dennick, M. Med., Ph.D.

THE PROBLEM I will assume that biochemistry is a fundamental building block in the foundations of medical education and that not only is it required to understand many of the disciplines which underpin medicine but that a basic knowledge is required in clinical practice. However, it is right that we should ask ourselves a challenging… Read more »

A BASIC SCIENCE-CLINICAL INTEGRATIVE COURSE
FOR SENIOR MEDICAL AND GRADUATE STUDENTS

Assaf Rudich, M.D., Ilana Harman-Boehm, M.D., Shimon Glick, M.D. and Nava Bashan, Ph.D.

The widening gap between advances in basic biology and their relevance to the clinical application presents a challenge for medical educators. As investigation methods in basic sciences complicate, and with the exponential growth of the knowledge base, clinicians find difficulties in applying scientific advances to the treatment of actual disease. This calls for the replacement… Read more »

INITIAL REPORT

THIRD BIENNIAL INTERNATIONAL BSEF CONFERENCE

THE HOST SCHOOL In April of 1996, Roger Koment made the decision to accept the invitation of the Medical University of South Carolina to once again host this conference at the Hawthorn Suites Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina. Those who participated will remember that this was the site of the First Biennial Conference held in… Read more »

ANNOUNCEMENT

NINTH ANNUAL MEETING BASIC SCIENCE EDUCATION SIG

The Ninth Annual Meeting of the AAMC:GEAā€™s National Basic Science Education Special Interest Group (SIG) will be held in San Francisco, California during the Annual AAMC Conference scheduled for November 6-12, 1996. The program topic this year will be Copyright Issues for Medical Educators: Teaching Basic Science in the Electronic Age. A panel of experts… Read more »

COMMENTARY: WHEN IS A SCHOOL NOT A SCHOOL?

Stephen Abrahamson, Ph.D., Sc.D.

School:a place or institution for teaching and learning: specif., (a) an institution for training and instruction in some special field, skill, etc. . . When one compares the medical school of 1995 with that of 1990, there is little difference. The same is true when comparing 1990 and 1985, and, indeed, in all such five-year… Read more »

ANNOUNCEMENT

UPDATE: PROCEEDINGS of theSECOND BIENNIAL INTERNATIONAL BSEF CONFERENCE

In June of 1995, 205 individuals from 11 countries gathered in Lincolnshire Illinois for three days to consider the topic Strategies for Integrating Clinical and Basic Sciences. Seventy-one had presentation roles. The actual transcripts of plenary session presentations, audience commentary, and summaries of all workshops will soon be available for a nominal fee in a… Read more »

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN BASIC SCIENCE EDUCATION

INTERIM EDITOR: Roger W. Koment, Ph.D., BSEF Executive Director

We have often had occasion to publish articles in the Basic Science Educator which described the development and/or use of innovative computer software for teaching the basic sciences. With this issue however, we more formally acknowledge the increasing importance of computer aided instruction and (distance) learning with the creation of a column dedicated to this… Read more »

VIRTUAL CLASSROOM:
AN EXPERIMENT IN WEB-BASED MEDICAL EDUCATION

David G. Penney, Ph.D.

Just a little over one year ago I began to be dimly aware of the World Wide Web, although I had used E-mail for years. With the help of a computer engineering student we decided to establish a website. Actually the site we established consisted of two web servers, one a Macintosh 8100/80 and the… Read more »

ANNOUNCEMENTS

FOREIGN FACULTY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM IN THE BASIC MEDICAL SCIENCES (FFFP) Administered by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: To enable teachers of the basic medical sciences in medical schools abroad to teach and study in medical schools in the United States. Awards are intended to enhance the faculty scholarā€™s knowledge and… Read more »

A JAUNDICED VIEW FROM THE EDITOR:
THE DUMBING OF MEDICAL EDUCATION

Gabriel Virella, M.D., Ph.D.

In a recent interview published in the Journal of Investigative Medicine 1, Dr. Michael Brown, co-recipient with Dr. Joseph Goldstein of the 1985 Nobel Prize in Medicine for their work on cholesterol homeostasis, stated the following: ?[..] there is a very serious problem […] in the relation between the basic science curriculum and the clinical… Read more »

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