In a flipped classroom, course content is introduced outside the classroom then followed up with in-class activities that reinforce the material. Pre-work, such as viewing a video lecture explaining select concepts, is completed before a student walks through the classroom doors. This lets students recoup valuable time that was previously spent in lectures, allowing them to instead focus on applying their new-found knowledge to solving cases and practice problems, engaging in teamwork and gaining research experience.

Because it provides both academic and clinical benefits, the flipped classroom model is particularly helpful for medical students for its ability to enhance training—not to...

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About the Author:

Dr. Dustyn Williams is the OnlineMedEd co-founder and lead educator, and is a hospitalist at Baton Rouge General Hospital, affiliated with Tulane University School of Medicine, where he serves as the Clerkship Director for Internal Medicine and Core Faculty for the Baton Rouge General Internal Medicine Residency Program.