Medical Education: Theory and Practice

Edited by

  • Tim Dornan, PhD DM FRCP MHPE, Professor, Maastricht University, the Netherlands, and Honorary Professor of Medicine, University of Manchester, UK
  • Karen Mann, BN MSc PhD, Professor Emeritus, Division of Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Albert Scherpbier, MD PhD, Professor, Scientific Director of the Institute for Education and Associate Dean of Education, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University, the Netherlands
  • John Spencer, MBChB, FRCGP, Professor in Medical Education in Primary Health Care and Sub Dean for Primary and Community Care, School of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University Medical School, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


• Masters students in health professions education.
• PhD students and education researchers wanting a background to the discipline.
• Well informed educators wanting to learn above a basic operational level.
• Medical students learning about education in optional parts of the curriculum or intercalated periods of special study.


Book information

  • Published: September 2010
  • ISBN: 978-0-7020-3522-7

Table of Contents


  • Glossary
  • Medical Education - an introduction to the domain

Section 1 Theoretical and social foundations

  • Morality and philosophy of medicine and education
  • Perspectives on learning
  • Medical education in its societal context
  • Medical education in an interprofessional context
  • Patient involvement in health professional education
  • Curriculum development in learning medicine

Section 2 Educational processes

  • Creating a learning environment
  • Identifying learners’ needs and self assessment
  • Teaching and learning in small groups
  • Teaching and learning in large groups: the ‘lecture’ in the 21st century
  • Learning and teaching clinical procedures
  • Learning and teaching in workplaces
  • Learning from practice: routines, mentoring, feedback and portfolios
  • Assessing learners
  • Quality assurance of teaching and learning: enhancing the quality culture
  • Developing learning resources
  • Selecting for medicine
  • Predicting and guiding career success in medicine
  • Developing teachers and developing learners

  • Glossary