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Critical ethnography: implications for medical education research and scholarship.

Medical Education 2024 April 11
CONTEXT: Medical education (ME) must rethink the dominant culture's fundamental assumptions and unintended consequences on less advantaged groups and society at large. Doing so, however, requires a robust understanding of what we are teaching, regardless of our intentions, and what is being learned across the multiple settings that our learners find themselves in, from classrooms to clinical spaces and beyond.

APPROACH: Gaining such understandings and fully exploring the extent to which we are rising to the challenges of today's society in authentic ways require robust methodologies. In this research approaches paper, we introduce unfamiliar readers to one such methodology-critical ethnography. By doing so, we hope to demonstrate its potential for helping ME both identify and gain novel insight into necessary solutions for many of today's educational challenges regarding healthcare disparities and inequities.

CONCLUSION: The readers of this paper will gain novel insights into how critical ethnographers see the world and ask questions, thereby changing the way they (the reader) see the world. At its heart, critical ethnography is about thinking differently and that is something that should be accessible to all. Doing so may also enhance our ability to both question dominant ways of thinking and, ultimately, to enact positive change in training and practices to enhance inclusivity and fairness for all regardless of their gender, race and status.

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