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March 20, 1967

Letter From an "Angry Student"

JAMA. 1967;199(12):947. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120120135038

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To the Editor:—  It is pleasing to observe the interest expressed in the notion that the initiation and strengthening of a program for teaching the student to teach in his undergraduate years is the responsibility of both the student and the medical school. Mr. Gutheil appears disturbed by my usage of the word "angry." Perhaps I should have written "unhappy" or "irritated" or "discontented," but I have been won over by Dr. Carl V. Moore's article, "The Angry Medical Student and the Changing Face of Medicine" (Pharos of Alpha Omega Alpha29:72-77 [July] 1966) which contains the following statements:We are painfully aware of the discontent of medical students everywhere with their educational experience. I have tried to ask myself why the student is mad, and to what extent his anger is justified?... The medical student is irritated—or mad—because so much faculty time is devoted to post-graduate programs.... If