Medical competence is a hot topic surrounded by much controversy
about how to define competency, how to teach it, and how to measure
it. While some debate the pros and cons of competence-based medical
education and others explain how to achieve various competencies,
the authors of the seven chapters in The Question of
Competence offer something very different. They critique the
very notion of competence itself and attend to how it has shaped
what we pay attention to-and what we ignore-in the education and
assessment of medical trainees.
Two leading figures in the field of medical education, Brian D.
Hodges and Lorelei Lingard, draw together colleagues from the
United States, Canada, and the Netherlands to explore competency
from different perspectives, in order to spark thoughtful
discussion and debate on the subject. The critical analyses
included in the book's chapters cover the role of emotion, the
implications of teamwork, interprofessional frameworks, the
construction of expertise, new directions for assessment, models of
self-regulation, and the concept of mindful practice. The authors
juxtapose the idea of competence with other highly valued ideas in
medical education such as emotion, cognition and teamwork, drawing
new insights about their intersections and implications for one
Subjects: Health Sciences
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