Medical Education is beginning to flip out

…and it is not just because of LCME.  😉 Stanford Medical school is turning its biochemistry course over to Khan Academy’s (Sal Khan) new way of making learning more appealing and possibly more effective.  Students watch a series of short 15 minute videos made to explain factual and low-level conceptual material before coming to class.  To make sure they have the building blocks necessary to start wrestling with higher order thinking, students take low-stakes quizzes to guage their learning.  Once the foundation is laid,“Teachers would be able to actually teach, rather than merely make speeches,” according to  Charles Prober, MD, senior associate dean for medical education at the Stanford School of Medicine, and Chip Heath, PhD, professor of organizational behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Professors at EVMS are beginning to consider the merits of flipping the classroom while students are researching about and asking for the instructional method by name.  Stanford students rated the biochemistry course higher and optional attendance increased from 30 to 80 %.  Read more about the process at Stanford here.  For an example of Khan Academy’s methodology, see this article and video