Shifting the Medical Education Paradigm from Knowledge to Critical Thinking

February 25
Campus Library, Room CL-221/222 and via live stream
530 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco CA


Medical Education Grand Rounds
Shifting the Medical Education Paradigm from Knowledge to Critical Thinking

Led by:

Mark E. Quirk, EdD
Vice President for Medical Education Outcomes
American Medical Association

Metacognition is the concept of knowledge or thought about thinking itself.  In this lecture, Dr. Quirk will discuss why metacognition is fundamental to the development of teaching skills and lifelong learning skills in health professionals and health professions learners across the medical education continuum, and how that can transform our approach to health professions education. At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Appreciate the "knowledge dilemma" we face in medical and health professions education
  • Describe how metacognition improves patient care and diagnostic competence
  • Identify teaching strategies to develop metacognitive skills


The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The UCSF School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of one AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME.
The California Board of Pharmacy accepts as continuing professional education those courses that meet the standard of relevance to pharmacy practice and have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
Course No. MGR14075.