Scott A. Levin, MD
Levin S.; Government and Medical Education. Ann Intern Med. 2000;133:750. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-133-9-200011070-00031
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2000;133(9):750.
TO THE EDITOR:
Dr. Kefalides did a nice job summarizing some of the issues surrounding the role of government in medical education (1).
However, I was dismayed to read a section quoting Wanda Wallis from the Medical Board of California. She states that she was unable to document the compliance of Loyola Stritch School of Medicine with the family medicine clerkship requirement. I am happy to report that our family medicine clerkship, required at the school, has been the highest-rated clerkship since 1995. Family medicine is the second most frequently chosen specialty of our graduates (internal medicine is first), and many of our graduates have gone to California for their residency training. Our students rotate through a variety of sites, including community hospitals such as West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park, Illinois. Family medicine is a large part of the curriculum at Loyola Stritch, and the article leads one to think otherwise. Specifically, I am concerned that anyone reading the article would conclude that the school does not have a required family medicine clerkship. This could not be further from the truth.
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