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2 . 2012

The relationship between education & training and the development of competency (Russian version edited by Z.Z. Balkizov)


The essence of modern medical education lies in the ability of defining and developing its terminology, which all too often is used in a less than thoughtful and inappropriate manner. Educationalists place emphasis upon the con­cept of learning rather than teaching; learn­ing which is specifically student-centered and student-directed learning rather than teacher-centred didactic teaching. However within this change environment we still prefer to use the word training, as in vocational training for a specific specialty, to describe a specific pro­gramme and aspire to levels of competency that hopefully match the learning outcomes of the programme. This article opens the debate on whether the satisfactory completion of a learning programme is sufficient (cf comple­tion of a specific vocational training scheme) or whether we should be assessing the learner through levels of defined competency relevant to their professional career.

“Personally I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like to be taught”.

Sir Winston Churchill

Meditsinskoe obrazovanie i professional’noe razvitie [Medical Education and Professional Development]. 2012; (2): 65–9.

Balkizov Zalim Zamirovich
Professor of the Department of Professional Education and Educational Technologies, Associate Professor of the Department of Hospital Surgery of the N.I. Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, member of the Coordinating Council for Personnel Policy of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, Adviser to the President of the National Medical Chamber, Executive Secretary of the Commission for Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education Events in the National Medical Chamber, Secretary General of the Russian Society of Medical Specialists General Representative of the Association for Medical Education in Europe, General Director of GEOTAR-Med
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