Sunday, November 20, 2005

Kinder and Gentler...
One of the tasks taking up my time the past few weeks was ATLS. Some of the students (especially those who had paid with their own money) did very well. Others, obviously, did not.
All of the students had received their materials (book and pretest) at least 2 and 1/2 weeks before the course. Many had not completed their prestests and many others admitted they had not read the material. Yet these people are amazed when they fail the course.
Those of you with a more intimate knowledge of other courses may be able to answer this. With the conventional wisdom out there being "everyone passes ACLS" has the average student preparation decreased? Some seemed truly surprised that people can and do fail ATLS. I am contemplating adding a paragraph to the letter that is sent to the students informing them of this fact.
Please let me know what you think.
UPDATE: Thanks for the input. Have those of you that teach such courses seen a diminished level of preparation?
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