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The Question of Competence


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Brian D. Hodges is Vice-President Education at the University Health Network, Professor of Psychiatry, Scientist at the Wilson Centre for Research in Education, and Richard and Elizabeth Currie Chair in Health Professions Education Research at the University of Toronto. He is the coauthor of Creating the Health Care Team of the Future: The Toronto Model for Interprofessional Education and Care and coeditor of The Question of Competence: Reconsidering Medical Education in the Twenty-First Century, both from Cornell. He is also the author of The Objective Structured Clinical Examination. Lorelei Lingard is Professor in the Department of Medicine and Faculty of Education and Director of the Centre for Education Research & Innovation, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University. She is coeditor of The Rhetoric and Ideology of Genre. M. Brownell Anderson is Senior Academic Officer, International Programs, National Board of Medical Examiners.


"If you think you understand competence, think again. The Question of Competence challenges all of our naive notions about competency-based education and assessment through captivating narratives, multiple theoretical frameworks, empirical research,and applications to medical education. This book is a must-read for everyone invested in improving medical education."-David M. Irby, UCSF School of Medicine "The move to competency-based education is the most important development in medical education in the past decade. This book provides a critical insight into the idea of competence from a range of disciplinary perspectives. It is refreshing and at the same time challenging to find a book that does not simply argue for or against the concept of competence, or provides a 'cookbook' prescription for specifying competence, but rather encourages the reader to have a creative vision of the nature of competence and the implications for medical education. All with an interest in the training of health care professionals will benefit from reading this book."-Ronald M. Harden, Professor of Medical Education, University of Dundee, and General Secretary, Association for Medical Education in Europe

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