September 1, 2004

Professors Not Professing

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Dr DeAngelis is Editor-in-Chief, JAMA.

JAMA. 2004;292(9):1060-1061. doi:10.1001/jama.292.9.1060

Publishing an issue of JAMA (then known only as the Journal of the American Medical Association) featuring articles on medical education began in 1901.1 That issue listed all medical schools and the distribution of medical students in the United States by state. Also included were articles on such topics as the place of textbooks in the curriculum, elective systems, changes in medical schools needed to meet "modern conditions," the importance of study and thought in medical education, use and abuse of laboratories, research work for medical students, the cause and remedy of the "overcrowded profession," and what medical practice offers as a life's work. A century later, these topics are still relevant for medical educators.

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