December 21, 1970

Shapers of the Future

JAMA. 1970;214(12):2181-2184. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03180120053009

For five months I have been privileged to serve the American Medical Association as its president. At this time, it seems proper for me to make a report to this House of Delegates.

As President of the Association, I have discussed medical education as it is involved in the production of a well-qualified physician, in a reasonable period of time, and at a reasonable cost.

I have discussed graduate education (the residency) and pointed out that we are training our students to become specialists in gown instead of town. By gown, I mean the hospital gown. What we need is doctors who know how to take care of people in town, the person with his shoes on.

I have pointed out that it is in the hospital, not the medical school, where a student panics at the thought of going into solo general practice as he sees bed after bed