Publications from the CMEJ for the week of December 9th, 2019


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Cordovani and her team in “Maintenance of certification for practicing physicians: a review of current challenges and considerations” reviews current issues and challenges associated with MOC in medicine, including how to define medical competencies for practicing physicians, assessment, and how best to support physicians’ lifelong learning. In particular they explored how the combination of self-monitoring, regular feedback, and peer support could improve self-assessment and could contribute to educationally valuable and clinically relevant ways of increasing physicians’ participation in MOC programs. 

Mador and co-authors in “Development of a novel conceptual framework for curriculum design in Canadian postgraduate trauma training” note that a shift towards non-operative management of traumatic injuries and reduced resident work-hours have led to a decrease in trainees' surgical exposure to trauma. In this study, employing interview and focus groups, they did a needs assessment of trauma curricula for general surgery residents in Canada. They present a new conceptual framework to guide ongoing curricular reform for trauma care within the context of general surgery training with diminishing practice opportunities. 

Tang and team in “Augmented reality in medical education: a systematic review” investigated, following PRISMA guidelines, the current state of augmented reality applications (ARAs) in medical education using publications from January 1, 2000 through June 18, 2018.  They formulated an analytical model to assess the readiness of ARAs for implementation in medical education. Since the overall quality of the studies was poor, they cannot yet recommend the adoption of ARAs into medical education. 


Marcel D’Eon, MEd, PhD

Editor, CMEJ