NPR: Medical students aren't showing up to class. What does that mean for future docs? (2)

5 June, 2023

Dear HIFA members,

I asked the team of student editors of the International Journal of Medical Students ( They were very interested in the topic and wanted to write an editorial about it. In terms of opinions, they mentioned the following:

I actually skipped classes a lot during medschool. Courses were boring and many lecturers just read slides out loud.

I finished top 3% of my class so I made the best choice

I personally am a part of the "never present" group. In my opinion, mass classes will never be able to adhere to every student's personal needs. And in a time where resources are readily available via the internet, the urgency to be present in all classes is diminished.

I personally think that this flipped classroom model is a double-edged sword. Learning progress will mostly be directed by every student's personal "inner drive." A good visualization of this idea is the SSDL model.

- If the class is too fast, I'll just watch the replay at a slower playback speed. Vice versa

- If the topic is too deep, I'll take my time to look for every detail. I'll frequently pause

- If it is boring, might as well watch Osmosis


*Francisco Javier Bonilla-Escobar, MD, MSc, PhD(c)*


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Francisco Javier Bonilla-Escobar, MD, MSc, PhD(c) Editor-in-Chief International Journal of Medical Students PhD Candidate, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA Profesor Asistente, Servicio de Oftalmología, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia ORCID, PubMed, Web of Science, Scholar, LinkedIn