THESE are extremely turbulent times for health care, the health professions, and the educational institutions that prepare professionals for service to the public. Most discussion regarding reform tends to focus on the health care provision and financing systems, ignoring two key components of change: health care manpower and the education of providers. The public resources that have built educational institutions and the health care system over the past four decades are now severely limited. How will medical schools and teaching hospitals begin the task of developing new educational responses to the nation's health care needs? What will drive the change needed in the schools and hospitals to ensure that our future physicians and care providers can support and practice in a changed system?
Over the past 8 years, the Pew Charitable Trusts have focused on achieving within schools the structural changes that empower them to respond more effectively to the
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