Advances in Health Sciences Education

, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp 407–411 | Cite as

Swimming in a tsunami of change

  • Saad Y. Salim
  • Jonathan White
We read the recent article on “Faith-based medical education” by Whitehead and Kuper ( 2017) with much interest. We applaud them for publicly questioning the accepted “doctrine” of competence-based medical education (CBME) by asking the community to consider whether “the emperor has no clothes”. We agree that it is dangerous for any community to blindly accept significant change mandated “from the top” as “gospel” without good reason, and we agree that it is important for members of our community to be able to ask critical questions of authority without fear. Further, this article made us ponder on several issues pertaining to change management in medical education, for instance:
  • How much evidence do we “really” needed before deciding to change? Should change be based on an optimistic faith in the future, or is it possible to “look before we leap”?

  • Are we asking the right questions in preparation for a change? Are we ready to deal with unintended outcomes?

In recent years, several...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

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