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March 4, 2009

Medical Education Theme Issue 2009Call for Papers

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Author Affiliation: Dr Golub is Senior Editor, JAMA (

JAMA. 2009;301(9):972. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.152

Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils. —Louis Hector Berlioz

The quest for an educational process with a lower mortality rate than that provided by time has led to the current medical education system, with all of its strengths and weaknesses. The challenge has been to craft a series of largely independent programs that efficiently and effectively takes a person from novice to expert clinician and then facilitates continual reeducation of the expert.

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