Illustrator Christoph Niemann

“There is risk in taking a new, creative approach — not everything pays off, and some prototypes will fail along the way, but that’s the way the process is supposed to work. To get good results you have to veer from the known path. If you want to get to new places, you have to dive into the unknown. ”
—Coe Leta Stafford, Co-Managing Director of IDEO U

Listen to the podcast on tips for sparking creativity at work!

Hartman (2016) suggests we need a radical transformation of medical education to better prepare learners for the 21st century and to help them transition from the age of information to the age of artificial intelligence. If you veered medical education from its known path what would it look like? What would you add or subtract to the learning journey? Leave your comments below!

In my Blue Sky reboot, I’d add the topics of creativity & innovation; climate change & health (Harvard’s on it!); digital health literacy; gamification & multimedia; nutrition & culinary medicine, and technologies such as artificial intelligence & virtual/augmented reality. I’d also condense all the CanMed Roles to “Educator” and divert 1/2 the Faculty of Medicine’s research funds to faculty development and teaching. Physicians trained as educators would empower both the profession as well as the patient that seeks treatment and counsel (read: Teaching Physicians to Teach: The Underappreciated Path to Improving Patient Outcomes).

Finally, I’d completely revamp Journal Club from a roundtable dialogue on scholarship to a Tinker Space where learners would tackle the research article by attempting to solve the issue via product design, prototyping, and testing. In my mind, the space would look something like below (add a test kitchen for our Dinner Club! because teaching subjects such as nutrition and the culinary arts are key to promoting good health. It’s also a great excuse to invite Chef Michael Smith back to Abbotsford!) Culinary medicine is that perfect intersection that “blends the art of food and cooking with the science of medicine”:

Blue Sky Thinking: If I could revamp Journal Club space it would look like this with a test kitchen! See below!
Final touches to my Blue Sky revamp of Journal Club: The “Dinner Club’s” Culinary Medicine & Nutrition Test Kitchen

More on Creativity and Medicine:

  • Creativity in Management in Family Medicine. (In this Canadian study, “the results showed that more creative residents had a higher quality of management score, a higher number of high-quality options, more options of an interpersonal nature, and a higher proportion of original options”). Would make for a great Resident Scholar Project!
  • On Creativity and Innovation: Getting into the Minds of Creative Giants at Family Medicine Forum
  • Creativity in Medical Education: The Value of Having Medical Students Make Stuff.
  • Preserving Creativity in Medicine.
  • Creativity in Medicine: A Burned Out Physician Turns to Art.
  • Neurology and the Humanities: Creativity in Medicine.
  • Research on Creativity and Aging: The Positive Impact of the Arts on Health and Illness.
  • How Arts Education Can Help Create Better Doctors.
  • Creative Art and Medical Student Development: Department of Family Practice.

What are your thoughts? Am I completely off? Are you mildly entertained? Or are you as excited as I am to reinvent the path of medical education? If you’re interested in pursuing any of these ideas, please feel free to reach out!

Warm regards,


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