oa African Journal of Health Professions Education - Is health professions education more about 'doing' rather than just 'knowing'? : editorial
The 20th century Flexnerian approach to health professions education (HPE) focused on the need to provide healthcare professionals with a solid foundation of biomedical knowledge. While such knowledge will always underpin clinical practice, health professions educators in the 21st century are grappling with a much broader mandate - the professional behaviour/attributes of healthcare practitioners, i.e. professionalism. As suggested by Wilkinson et al., 'professionalism is about what someone does, rather than what he or she knows.' Miller's pyramid, intended to describe a hierarchical approach to assessment, also serves well in the context of professionalism - we need to move toward 'doing' and away from just 'knowing'.
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