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Editorial
December 8, 1999

Reenvisioning Medical Education for the New MillenniumCall for Papers

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Ms Breedlove is Associate Editor, JAMA, and Dr Hedrick is Director, Division of Medical Education Products, American Medical Association, Chicago, Ill.

JAMA. 1999;282(22):2171. doi:10.1001/jama.282.22.2171

Kenneth Ludmerer, MD, has persuasively argued in his landmark new book, Time to Heal,1 that medical education is in the beginning stage of a second revolution. He views the 1990s as a "prerevolutionary" stage, marked by "unrest, turbulence, and the disintegration of existing institutions, but not yet by a new platform or model." The 20th century as a whole, he believes, will be remembered as a time of abundance in medicine, compared with the increasing resource constraints physicians already face in trying to meet the needs of a growing and more diverse population, a larger elderly population, and more people living longer with chronic disease.

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