What is it about?

A discussion of how Fink's Taxonomy of Significant Learning -- a curriculum design framework -- can strengthen competency-based medical education (CBME).

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Why is it important?

CBME is criticized for reducing the education of a physician into too many discreet roles and tasks, known as reductionism. The Taxonomy of Significant Learning can augment CBME curricula by offering a more holistic approach to medical education.


CBME is a wonderful advancement in medical education curriculum design. However, at times it feels like it misses some of the humanness of being a physician. Fink's Taxonomy of Significant Learning may serve to strengthen CBME if used concurrently.

Dr. Michael A Gisondi
Stanford University

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This page is a summary of: Aiming Beyond Competent: The Application of the Taxonomy of Significant Learning to Medical Education, Teaching and Learning in Medicine, January 2019, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/10401334.2018.1561368.
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