School of Health Professions Faculty Publishes Valuable Critical Thinking Improvement Article
In the January 2015 issue of Spectrum (Volume 26 Number 1), Mahsa Dehghanpour, Ed.D., M.S., CMD, and Jamie Baker, MeD, CMD, Ph.D., published the article, iThink: Using Technology to Improve Students' Critical Thinking Skills. Spectrum is the publication of the Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Sciences. Dehghanpour and Baker constantly collaborate in using technology to provide active learning opportunities for their students. This has resulted in improving their students' critical thinking skills as measured by the CAT pre and post-exams. Their efforts in interdisciplinary learning and use of instructional technology were recognized when they received the Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Sciences/Elsevier Innovator of the Year Award in 2013. Their article can be found on pages 4 and 7 of the linked journal edition.
In late 2012, assistant professor Mahsa Dehghanpour, Ed.D., published an article in Spectrum, the publication of the Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Sciences. Dehghanpour's article is on page 8 of the linked article and discusses how small changes can make a significant difference in students' critical thinking skills. In the article, Dehghanpour shares techniques learned from the QEP faculty development sessions, how it can be applied to one's teaching and how the skills have been implemented to assist students in the medical dosimetry program in the SHP. Congratulations, Mahsa, on your publication and your ongoing contribution to education. (Apprise and Applaud, Feb. 6, 2013)
School of Health Professions Medical Dosimetry Program Wiki
Medical dosimetry faculty at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center School of Health Professions value the development of critical thinking skills in students. The memorization of scientific facts and figures is not sufficient for successful careers in the allied health disciplines. Medical dosimetry faculty used the online course management system, Sakai, to craft a wiki, and populated the website with critical thinking exercises to be completed by medical dosimetry students. Through a combination of instructional videos, online discussions, and supplemental laboratory exercises, faculty demonstrated difficult didactic concepts in an engaging and interactive manner. Students accessed the critical thinking site, reviewed posted material, completed related activities, and participated in online discussions.
Note: Links to documents within the Quality Enhancement Plan website are password protected and require a login to MD Anderson's Box system.