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Teaching Critical Thinking in Medicine

Perspective 2: Teaching Critical Thinking in Medicine

Dr. Milos Jenicek, School of Medicine, McMaster University, Canada.

Dr. Milos Jenicek’s publications have given the world its understanding of evidence based practice. You will hear more about several of them below, but we direct you to these famous texts: "Epidemiology. The Logic of Modern Medicine" (EPIMED International, 1995, in Spanish 1996, in Japanese 1998); "Medical Casuistics. Proper Reporting of Clinical Cases" (in French, 1997);”Clinical Case Reporting in Evidence-Based Medicine” (Butterworth Heinemann, 1999, 2nd Ed, 2001; in Italian 2001, in Korean 2002, in Japanese 2002; “Foundations of Evidence-Based Medicine” 2003; “Evidence-Based Practice. Logic and Critical Thinking in Medicine” (with D.L. Hitchcock, AMA Press, 2005); and “A Physician’s Self-Paced Guide to Critical Thinking”, AMA Press, 2006.

This chapter is an important orientation to the discovery of embedding critical thinking pedagogy into the content of a health sciences seminar session or bedside teaching opportunity. We expect that as you read this chapter, the critical thinking content in your own course offerings will become more and more transparent to you and to your students. The chapter follows a somewhat different format that the ones that follow. In his discussion, Dr. Jenicek offers us an opportunity to think about the historical influence of the critical thinking movement on the teaching of medicine. His wisdom as an international scholar is apparent as he traces progress to date on our scholarly understanding of human reasoning and judgment and offers interesting reflections for future endeavors. The reference list at the end of this chapter will assist those who wish to aid the development of new science in this area. We particularly endorse his comment that the application of critical thinking to the procedures of clinical medicine, community health programs, bedside practice and health science researchers is the best way to attain relevant growth in clinical reasoning. He has also included the generous welcome that you to contact him at jenicekm@mcmaster.ca

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