Video Abstracts – Are they a WP Disaster?

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When examining equality and equity, there is quite a prominent image: Three people, an adult, a child, and a person in a wheelchair, trying to look over a fence. The adult can see, the other two cannot. Equality gives them each a single box to stand on to see. The adult, who could already see over the fence, can see even further. The child can now see, but only when standing on their tiptoes. The wheelchair user still cannot see, for they cannot climb onto the box. The three people receive the same support but are not equal in outcome. Equity each gives them support based on need. The adult receives nothing, for they can already see. The child receives two boxes, so they can see clearly. The wheelchair user receives a wooden ramp, so they can see clearly as well. They each receive different amounts of support but are equal...

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In Plain Sight – A View on One Element of the Hidden Curriculum

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Ryan is a medical student at the University of Edinburgh, and co-chair of JASME (Junior Association for the Study of Medical Education).  There are no bad students, only bad teachers. Whilst this quote, from the wonderful film “The Karate Kid”, does not quite acknowledge the shared responsibility for learning that teacher and student have, there is some truth underlying the quote: that regardless of our mindset, and our mentality in the waking moment, we are always learning something. Every moment, regardless of our stage in training from undergraduate to consultant, we are absorbing information, forming conclusions and inferences, and every conversation is a transaction of information. Students at all levels continue to learn, regardless of whether the teacher intends to teach. This is incredibly important for widening participation.      This month JASME has been exploring both widening participation, and medical education beyond the traditional classroom setting. One event exploring the...

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