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October 28, 2009

Reform of Continuing Medical EducationInvestments in Physician Human Capital

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Institute for Health Policy, Massachusetts General Hospital (Dr Campbell), and Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health (Dr Rosenthal), Boston.

JAMA. 2009;302(16):1807-1808. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1560

In 1910, Flexner published a scathing indictment of undergraduate medical education at the time.1 The Flexner report demanded reform of medical education, arguing that it should consist of rigorous preclinical education and supervised clinical training in hospitals and be isolated from commercialism. The report established the current system of undergraduate medical education.1

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