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Rote learning: a necessary evil

Authors Kwan R, Mafe C

Received 26 June 2016

Accepted for publication 5 July 2016

Published 2 August 2016 Volume 2016:7 Pages 429—432

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/AMEP.S115838

Checked for plagiarism Yes

Editor who approved publication: Dr Anwarul Azim Majumder


Robert Kwan, Cecilia Mafe

Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London, London, UK


We read with great interest the short report by Sayma and William1 exploring the teaching of physical examinations to junior medical students. The article highlights many salient points in aiding the memory and understanding of practical medicine and preparation of the clinical years ahead for preclinical medical students. The excellent use of interesting and engaging cases in teaching the physical examination is to be lauded, however, there is some debate to be had over the distaste for rote learning
expressed in the article which we believe to be not ideal, but essential in progressing through medical school.

View the original paper by Sayma and Williams



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