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Learning and Memory in Medical Training

The knowledge and skills an experienced physician has acquired over the years are very impressive. It is often difficult to believe and even more difficult to understand how a student with very limited knowledge and skills develops into a competent physician who is able to tackle most of her or his professional problems. To get a better understanding of how this is possible, one has to take a closer look at medical education.

Biomedical and Encapsulated Knowledge

During their first years in medical school, students acquire a large body of knowledge concerning the basic sciences. This type of knowledge, which will further be referred to as biomedical knowledge, entails subjects such as physiology, anatomy, microbiology, and pathology. Biomedical knowledge will develop into rich and elaborate causal networks ...

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