Editorial Board Q & A: M. Brownell Anderson

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M. Brownell Anderson, MEd, senior academic officer, National Board of Medical Examiners

1. Describe your current activities.

My efforts at the moment are devoted to working with medical schools and institutions outside of the United States to foster a “culture of assessment” – encouraging faculty and regulators to appreciate the value of assessment as more than a dichotomous “pass/fail” for a score, instead as a way to measure student progress; also identifying curriculum gaps. In addition to appreciating the power of assessment, the goal is to better align the desired outcomes of the educational program with the most appropriate assessment approaches.  One of the fantastic benefits of this work is all that we have to learn from our colleagues outside of the United States, and in other health professions.

2. What gaps do you see in today’s scholarship?

We have not done a good job of learning from disciplines outside of medicine and applying lessons learned to our own scholarship. Most of our work does not build on previous work, but represents “one-off” studies. The hardest (and maybe not possible) scholarship is determining if the educational programs and the assessments we use to measure the educational activities have any impact on patient outcomes.

3. Why do you read Academic Medicine?

To stay up to date with current issues in academic medicine, to learn from different perspectives, and to see who is doing work I wish I had thought to do.

4. What issues will we be reading about in five years?

About the ways that patients are working with health care professionals, as a team, to take responsibility for their health; the ways that technology has provided more efficiency and the ways that technology has damaged the health care professional/patient relationship; maybe the effort to connect patients with their health care providers, who are at the local pharmacy.

5. What book(s) are you reading right now?

Brazil, The Troubled Rise of a Global Power is about the promise and continuous disappointment of working in the country (it’s true). I’m also reading The Niccoli Chronicles, a series of 8 books that are historical fiction about the rise of the merchant class in the 1400s.

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