RICHARD E. THOMPSON, M.D.
To the editor: In his article, "The Crisis in Medical Education" (Ann Intern Med 79:119-123, 1973), Dr. Barry Stimmel raises many obvious questions about proposed changes in medical education. But he errs, with many, in failing to perceive any possible good in these changes, beyond increased numbers of physicians. Being educated under the Flexnerian system, it is difficult for us to let our minds "free-wheel" and consider that the present "existing high quality of medical training" is beyond question only if we are discussing the training of tertiary-care physicians.
There is much interest in changes in medical education because the
RICHARD E. THOMPSON. Changes in Medical Education. Ann Intern Med. 1973;79:907–908. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-79-6-907_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;79(6):907-908.
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