Medical education and postgraduate training in a general teaching hospital

Henderson, David. (2001). Medical education and postgraduate training in a general teaching hospital Master's Thesis, School of Business, The University of Queensland.

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Author Henderson, David.
Thesis Title Medical education and postgraduate training in a general teaching hospital
School, Centre or Institute School of Business
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2001
Thesis type Master's Thesis
Total pages 1 v.
Language eng
Subjects 1503 Business and Management
Formatted abstract
This study was undertaken in the Division of Medicine at Redland Hospital to examine the theoretical basis of learning in clinical education and training. The study employed the analytical perspective of social learning theory, which allows the social situation, in this case the clinical unit, to be taken as the unit of analysis.

Data were gathered from medical staff and students to identify communities of practice and their characteristics, how these activities and characteristics of the communities contributed to learning and to evaluate the Division as a learning organisation.

All the participants considered that they had learned during their terms in the Division. The activities and situations of practice and aspects of knowledge not covered by theoretical teaching made a major contribution to learning. Evaluation of the Division, using data from the study and an analytical model showed that it was effective as an organisation in which to learn.

The major conclusions from the study are that social learning theory provides a basis for understanding the learning that occurs in clinical medical education and training. The activities and situations of work and the social structure of the organisation have a major influence on the learning and are areas that should be actively considered in design and evaluation of clinical education.

Document type: Thesis
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