Debates: a neglected andragogy in medical education

20 January 2021 - 20 January 2021
Debates: a neglected andragogy in medical education

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ASMEBITESIZE: Debates: a neglected andragogy in medical education
Wednesday 20th January 2021, 16:00 GMT 

Healthcare professionals must adapt to everyday clinical controversies using their critical thinking and communication skills. Educational debates nurture these abilities producing a well-rounded clinician. Their value is well established in healthcare education, yet they are not commonly employed.

One of the reported barriers is the educators’ as well as students’ unfamiliarity with the use and structure of educational debates.

In this ASMEBITESIZE webinar, Dr Ahmad Allam, Ngawang Dheden, Roy Wang and Ashvin Arun Chilu Kuri alongside ASME host, Prof R K McKinley (Director of Career Groups) presented some evidence supporting the use of debates in medical education. They discussed some of the challenges that can face educators in group discussions especially in the current COVID restrictions and brainstormed some solutions. The group also gave a demonstrative debate on the use of debates in medical education using a collaborative approach. 

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Dr Ahmad Allam

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Dr Ahmad Allam is a Psychiatry Trainee in the North East London deanery with a special interest in medical education, liaison, critical and transcultural psychiatry.

Ngawang Dheden 

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Ngawang Dheden is a medical student at Barts and the London, QMUL currently intercalating in Neuroscience. Ngawang is a member of the Barts and the London Debating and Ethics Society committee.

Roy Wang 

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Roy Wang is a third-year medical student at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, who is on the committee of the university's debating society.

Ashvin Arun Chilu Kuri

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Ashvin Arun Chilu Kuri is an intercalating medical student at Barts & The London. He has a keen interest in innovative medical education and is delighted to be working with the team studying the role of debates in learning.

ASME Host: Prof R.K McKinley

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Bob is the ASME Director of Career Groups