Are Medical Lectures Harmful to the Process of Learning?

J. Willis Hurst, MD


December 11, 2001

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Final Comment

The purpose of an educational institution is to lead the trainees, who initially believe the educational institution is there to educate them, to the realization that they must educate themselves. Therefore, they must learn how to learn before leaving the institution so they can solve, as far as possible, the problems they discover in their patients without attending lectures. Lectures can be harmful if they lead students to believe that listening to lectures is the best and only way to learn.