When teaching medical terminology, I searched for ‘a little something’ to make a term more relevant to the student or to lighten up a medical terminology lecture. Keeping up with new terms was challenging too.
But more importantly, I spent time thinking of what I might do to impress upon students the importance of being fluent in the medical language before they embarked on a healthcare career.
I imagine you are facing these same challenges as a medical terminology instructor. But, where do you find the time to search for extra material? We hope some of our blog posts will help, and they are ready for you to use any way you wish.
#1. Update Your Course Content with the New Terms Blog Posts
The language of medicine is ever-changing.
In fact, new terms have probably emerged and others have become obsolete since you assigned the medical terminology textbook you are now using in class.
Find out about new terms by reading the New Terms blog posts. For instance, you will learn the latest term for obesity and find out why the terms addict or abuser are considered judgmental and what terms are replacing them.
- Link blog posts to your lecture or online materials.
- Assign your students to read a blog post and write a report.
- Place the blog post in the course content as reference material.
#2. Use Featured Terms Blog Posts to Tell the Story of a Medical Term
Sometimes it is helpful for the student to know the origin of a medical term, or to read more about the term than the textbook provides.
Featured Terms blog posts, by spotlighting a term in-depth, tell the story of a term. For instance, the blog post Arrhythmia, Dysrhythmia: What’s the Difference addresses the difference in the meaning of the terms, their origin, and why one is spelled with one R and the other is spelled with two Rs.
In the Sepsis blog post, the origin of the term is discussed and also how it differs from septicemia and bacteremia.
- Assign your students to read a blog post, and write a report.
- List the blog post in the course content as reference material.
- Link the blog post to your lecture or online materials.
#3. Lighten Your Lecture, Use a Fun Word Jumble Blog Post
Medical Terminology Cartoon Word Jumble is our signature game – a cartoon word scramble. Use them in your class to add humor to your lecture.
- Project a Jumble on the screen for students to see as they walk into class. Begin the class with a discussion about the term featured.
- Use the cartoon as a PowerPoint in your lecture.
- Add the link to MixUps to your online course.
#4. Add an Interactive Dynamic by Using Crossword or Quiz Blog Posts
Our games – Crosswords and Quizzes – are simple but at the same time useful in engaging students and enhancing learning. Some games such as the Colorectal Cancer Crossword and Myocardial Infarction Quiz review all medical terms related to the diagnosis. Other posts focus on terms related to body systems, such as the Dermatology Quiz or focus on medical terms such as the Endoscopy Crossword.
- Assign quizzes or crosswords to students to earn extra credit.
- Use a crossword or quiz as a class activity to close a lecture.
- Include links to the quizzes or crosswords in your online student assignment activities.
#5. Add Interviewing a Healthcare Professional as a Class Assignment
What better way to impress upon students the importance of mastery of medical language in healthcare than to include a class assignment of interviewing a health professional. Use Interviewing as a Class Assignment, a Faculty Tips blog post to learn how to guide your students in this task.
- Include the assignment in the course syllabus and assign the Healthcare Professional Interview for the third week of class.
- For online classes have students post their interviews in a discussion and assign others in the class to respond.
- In face-to-face classes, have students share their interviews in small groups and then have them report out to the whole class what they learned.
Blog Posts are ready for you to use!
They are for both faculty and students to use in any way that might be helpful in teaching and learning medical terminology. Print them, link to them, use them live in your online or face-to-face classroom, or assign them as work toward extra credit.