Myths and legends exist in every culture. Typically, they are so commonly believed that they are not noticed or questioned by most people within the culture. Even in this day and age of “evidence-based education” many myths survive through assumption, authority, or poorly grounded claims that the evidence says ‘such and such’.
In an effort to shed light on broadly held views that deserve closer scrutiny, if not outright abandonment, Medical Education is planning a special issue on mythology surrounding health professional education. As with the television show MythBustersTM, these articles will be attempts to clarify the extent to which commonly held perspectives stand up to scientific scrutiny.
Doing so, for example, might entail conducting a critical study to test a key feature or assumption of the myth, reviewing the existing evidence offered in one or more literatures, or conducting a rigorous historical tracking of the basis on which current beliefs were founded.
Proposal Deadline February 1st, 2018 Full submissions by June 1st