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October 21, 1961

Report of the Second Institute on Clinical Teaching

JAMA. 1961;178(3):358. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040420098048

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This report, the seventh in a series of teaching institutes sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges, gives particular attention to 3 topics: "Medical School Curricula, an Operation on Clinical Teaching"; "The Roles of the University and the Examining Boards in the Education of Medical Students, Interns and Residents"; and "Science and Art in Teaching Responsibility for Patients." The institute, conducted as a "national medical faculty meeting" of 160 participants, was based on information gained through several preinstitute questionnaires. Much of the data is presented in tabular form in about 60 tables throughout the text. Since the report is a compilation of several individual presentations, only general impressions are mentioned.

The paradoxical situation of stressing the expanding responsibilities of basic science teaching and the encroachment of clinical "integration" into an already rigid time schedule was recognized, but no enthusiastic solution followed. It was noted that the young physician received

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