MEMORY AND FRAME OF REFERENCE

Memory is what we draw from to address problems and new experiences.  The current formula that medical education relies on to create our memories and frames of reference is the apprenticeship model.  Little of what we learn is standardized as it is based on our mentor's prior experiences and interpretation of facts.  Memory can frequently change and can also be unreliable.  As educators we need to consider ourselves as agents that create accurate memories so that clinicians can draw from a reliable source when treating patients.  Start thinking about memory by reading over the articles and watching the Ted Talk by Elizabeth Loftus, a psychologist who specializes in understanding the complexities of memory.