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Monday, February 14, 2011
The Page 2 Blog- Education
Page 2 is the blog for ANESTHESIOLOGY. What is a blog and how can the Page 2 blog about education benefit teachers and students? A blog is an ever-evolving compilation of personal or group thoughts about a topic that is published on the web. A Chinese proverb explains the crux of the educational process and indicates why a blog about education will be of tremendous benefit to anesthesiologists: “Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand.” Page 2’s education blog begins with this post regarding this author’s reflections about education. This entry is not meant to tell or show you what to do but rather to involve you, all of you who teach and learn every day as you care for patients and pass along your knowledge, skills and attitudes to others and borrow knowledge, skills and attitudes from the very individuals you teach. I am smarter than Socrates and know not to tell you, “Socrates was a man. Socrates was a Greek. Socrates went around telling people what to do. They poisoned him!”1 The hope of this blog is to involve you in an iterative process wherein you respond and share your personal thoughts and real life experiences about education; what has worked for you, what hasn’t, and why.

“Education is change in behavior based upon experience(s).”1 What is my challenge to you? Blog back and share your experiences with all of us to enrich our individual repertoires. Were Albert Einstein to have characterized the process whereby the Page 2 education blog would be effective, he would have stated, “I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” So, too, can the education blog provide the right conditions (namely our collective related experiences) under which we all can learn. Mark Twain was absolutely right when he reminded us, ” I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” It is our personal experiences as teachers and students, not classroom learning, that maximizes education. Tom Bodett also understood it clearly when he described what the education of anesthesiologists is really all about: “[What’s] The difference between school [the classroom where lectures are conducted] and life [the preanesthesia clinic, operating room, non-operating room anesthetizing location, PACU, ICU, pain clinic]? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.”

So what will we blog about regarding education? The list of topics is limitless. What should I teach? How can I best ask questions? When are skill lessons most effective? The list could go on ad infinitum. We can blog about what things impact you and me most when we are faced with the task of teaching and learning. So, now you know where I am coming from regarding the Page 2 education blog. What about you? Become an education blogger and tell us what makes you an effective teacher and student.

1. Schwartz, AJ: Teaching Anesthesia. Anesthesia 7th Edition. RD Miller (eds.). Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, Philadelphia, Page: 193-207, 2010.
Posted by Alan Jay Schwartz, M.D.,MSEd
Alan Jay Schwartz
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J. Lance Lichtor, M.D
J. Lance Lichtor, M.D. is a professor of anesthesiology and pediatrics at The University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is the web editor and an associate editor for Anesthesiology.

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