US Law and Med School shift toward the practical

US law schools are shifting gears toward teaching practical skills. US medical schools are looking at doctors’ communication skills. We asked Zintro experts to comment on what these changes signify for these professions and if others will see similar shifts

William Bligh Glover, a forensic pathologist, says that medical schools are traditionally four-year institutions, but because the amount of medical knowledge is expanding so rapidly medical education is now an ongoing process, not one confined to four years. “Instead of trying to cram medical knowledge into a short time period, medical schools are working on teaching new ways of thinking so that students can be life-long learners and continually improve,” he says. “I think any profession with an applied science base will need to shift to this approach. The days of the Renaissance man are over. Even specialists are drowning in information. Being able to improve information handling and retrieval will be the hallmark of mastery in the 21st century,” says Glover.

Olfaction thinks that the shift should apply to all professions. “Management consultants, accountants, doctors, and lawyers all need to humanize and customize their approaches and run a different set of diagnostics from the traditional measurements taught in schools in order connect with clients and patients on a more personal, empathetic level,” he says. “Patients and clients want someone to actively listen and respond, someone who provides value that goes beyond what is written in case law or medical books.”

By Maureen Aylward

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