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Educación Médica

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RICARTE-DIEZ, J.I.  and  MARTINEZ-CARRETERO, J.M.. Resident's education from his adult's perspective. Educ. méd. [online]. 2008, vol.11, n.3, pp.131-138. ISSN 1575-1813.

Undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing medical education must be considered as adult education. If in undergraduate medical education dominates the transmission of knowledge, postgraduate education should be based on quantitative and qualitative increase of these knowledge and on acquisition of specific skills. These tasks, in medical specialization through residency programs will be developed in a concrete context where residents will face the need to solve real problems. As adult, he/she will be able to take responsibility on its own training but, at the same time, he/she will need guidance and orientation from the tutor. Tutorial methodology is a key piece in training and its evaluation; it doesn't only measures specific training achievements, but enhances the improving of individual learning strategies. Both tutor and other health professionals who play a role in residency program, are essential and deserve professional recognition, enough learning resources and specific teaching skills to cope with this responsibility. In this article, a revision is presented of the formative process from undergraduate to postgraduate education level in which evaluation as an unavoidable aspect in the above mentioned process is emphasized.

Keywords : Assessment; Learning; Medical education; Residents training.

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