Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Pimping: is it good teaching?

Academic Life in Emergency Medicine presents a hypothetical case of pimping on rounds that didn't go well. The follow up discussion lacked clarity because of confusion on just what pimping is. One of the discussants, for example, expounded what was wrong with pimping then went on to suggest ways to pimp more effectively. If pimping is merely teaching by asking questions then it is the Socratic method. It can be either abusive or constructive. Here's a discussion of Socratic teaching from The Pathology Guy.

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