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July 11, 2012

Shortening Medical Education

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Plastic Surgery, Rhode Island Hospital, Providence (Dr Drolet; bdrolet@lifespan.org); and Department of Radiology, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach, Florida (Dr White).

JAMA. 2012;308(2):133-136. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.7020

To the Editor: We have several concerns regarding the Viewpoint by Drs Emanuel and Fuchs.1 First, it is untrue that physicians cannot be experts in their field, teachers, and scientists. It is, in fact, what many strive to be. The pursuit of such a melding should never be viewed as a penalty. The time and cost of training are intense, but those seeking this education not only chose to make the investment but faced stringent competition for the opportunity. We believe it is an abandonment of crucial medical, scientific, and societal values to say that the triple threat is obsolete.

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