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December 16, 2009

Medical Education Theme Issue 2010Call for Papers

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Dr Golub is Senior Editor, JAMA (robert.golub@jama-archives.org).

JAMA. 2009;302(23):2597. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1854

When I give a lecture, I accept that people look at their watches, but what I do not tolerate is when they look at it and raise it to their ear to find out if it stopped.—Marcel Achard

Anyone who teaches (and cares about it) struggles with ways to improve the process: delivering a more effective lecture, engaging a small group in discussion, providing experiences that will facilitate learning, preparing curricular materials, establishing systems of evaluation and feedback. These are all components of a medical education system that is intended (if not designed) to produce physicians who are trained to provide the best possible health outcomes for patients and for society as a whole. Improving medical education requires methodical assessment and analysis, similar to research performed to improve the quality of medical care.

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