n South African Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology - How to acquire, retain or renew knowledge : editorial




Obstetrics and gynaecology are vast subjects. Each contains 40 elements or so, many of which subdivide into separate topics. Medical students are expected to acquire knowledge of these in 6 weeks, 2 months or 3 months, and will be examined by someone who may have been rereading the information for 25 years. Medical students suffer from a further problem - someone once said, 'What I hear, I forget; what I see, I remember; what I do, I understand.' A student may never see one of the conditions in the exam and may never have been actively involved in the process of choice regarding investigation or management. The result may be that, to the untrained examiner, a bright student may appear ignorant, foolish or careless, and may be inappropriately marked down.


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