Managing the tension: From innovation to application in health professions education

Ara Tekian, Ronald M. Harden, David A. Cook, Yvonne Steinert, Daniel Hunt, John Norcini

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Innovations in education are essential for solving problems and introducing new ways of thinking. However, implementation of these innovations must take several factors into consideration, including the context, the environment, the stakeholders, the technology needed, the cost, the pace of implementation, appropriateness, and available resources. When these factors are not balanced and considered, tensions arise. This paper describes tensions in five major educational domains, namely curriculum, instruction, assessment, accreditation/regulation, and faculty development. For each of these domains, the typical problems are described, and solutions are presented to manage the tension.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalMedical Teacher
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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