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Med Teach. 2018 Apr;40(4):425-426. doi: 10.1080/0142159X.2017.1399203. Epub 2017 Nov 10.

The importance of design thinking in medical education.

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a Faculty of Medicine , Jordan University of Science and Technology , Irbid , Jordan.
b Otago Medical School, University of Otago , Dunedin , New Zealand.
c Radboudumc Health Academy, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center , Nijmegen , the Netherlands.
d Leeds Institute of Medical Education, University of Leeds , Leeds , UK.
e Postgraduate Medical Institute, Edge Hill University , UK.


Design thinking provides a creative and innovate approach to solve a complex problem. The discover, define, develop and delivery phases of design thinking lead to the most effective solution and this approach can be widely applied in medical education, from technology intervention projects to curriculum development. Participants in design thinking acquire essential transferable life-long learning skills in dealing with uncertainty and collaborative team working.

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