Pamela Jo Harris, MD
To the Editors: Dr. Barondess's article (1) was a sound description of the "wobbly" stool of academic medicine, supported by the three unbalanced legs of research, education, and patient care and public responsibility.
I agree that we need better carpenters to reconstruct our stool, to balance its structure, and to secure its attachments. When I stand on a stool, however, my first concern is whether it was built with the proper materials.
Dr. Barondess suggested that medical students and residents have no characteristics of their own-that they are shaped by instructors who, drawing from their own imperfect experience, fashion them
Harris PJ. Three-Legged Stool-The Quality of the Wood. Ann Intern Med. ;116:702. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-116-8-702
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;116(8):702.
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