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August 19, 1988

The UMKC Medical Education ExperimentAn Alternative Pathway to Physicianhood

Author Affiliations

From the Office of the Provost Emeritus, Health Sciences, University of Missouri—Kansas City School of Medicine.

From the Office of the Provost Emeritus, Health Sciences, University of Missouri—Kansas City School of Medicine.

JAMA. 1988;260(7):956-958. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03410070084033
Abstract

IN SEPTEMBER 1969, after a two-day visit to Kansas City, a survey team representing the Liaison Committee on Medical Education gave this opinion:

The'educational program of the University of Missouri—Kansas City [UMKC] School of Medicine, if developed as presently proposed, will constitute a significant departure from the typical pattern of education in American medical schools. As such, it should be viewed as an experiment in medical education. In the opinion of the survey team, the experiment should be permitted to continue with the knowledge and consent of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

The survey team's awareness that it was authorizing a major departure in medical education was made clear in the next paragraph:

The University has consciously undertaken the development of a different kind of medical school, with a major emphasis upon education of the student to provide medical care, with early and continuous involvement of the student with

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