The Impact of Self-directed Learning on the Future of Family Medicine Education
Fareedat Oluyadi, D Jason Frasca
The landscape of health care delivery has changed dramatically in the past 2 years. For better or worse, the COVID pandemic and surges in police brutality resulting in the killings of innocent Black individuals have undoubtedly been catalysts for this evolution in health care systems. As we stand on the frontlines of care with our core focus on reducing health care disparities through a biopsychosocial perspective, family physicians are uniquely poised to rise to meet this evolving scope of care. Despite our intrinsic advantages as a specialty (namely comprehensiveness of care and community health focus), family medicine leaders and educators must face the reality of preparing our future workforce to adapt and thrive in these arduous, rapidly-changing times.1,2 This responsibility cannot rest solely on our outstanding family medicine educators but must include learners as well. Since the dawn of the COVID-19 pandemic necessitating virtual education and telehealth care, we anticipate a stronger emphasis on learner-centered training that focuses on aspiring family physicians becoming not just independent practitioners but also master learners evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve.3
Oluyadi F, Frasca DJ. The Impact of Self-directed Learning on the Future of Family Medicine Education. Fam Med. 2022 Sep;54(8):597-598. doi: 10.22454/FamMed.2022.440155. PMID: 36098689.