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September 2007

Medical Education 2007

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Copyright 2007 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2007

Arch Ophthalmol. 2007;125(9):1272-1274. doi:10.1001/archopht.125.9.1272

Nearly 100 years ago Abraham Flexner visited all 155 medical schools in North America to evaluate medical education. Flexner found an inadequate admission process and lack of standardized curriculum resulting in an overproduction of poorly qualified physicians.1 The implementation of Flexner's recommendations led to an improved quality of training and more highly qualified applicants. In the latter part of the 20th century, other innovations, such as the organ-based system of instruction and problem-based learning, resulted in continued improvement in medical education and arguably the world's best-trained physicians.2

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