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Ophthalmologists have been giving a considerable amount of attention to the way that our specialty will be practiced in the future. Essentially all of the discussion relates to the external environment: new scientific discoveries, modifications in the health care provision system, how we are compensated, and the legal and regulatory conditions under which we shall function. Little thought has been given to the emerging internal environment. What will the ophthalmologists of the future be like?
This question can be answered in part by examining a database developed by the Association of American Medical Colleges. The Association of American Medical Colleges annually sends a detailed questionnaire to each graduating medical student and stores the responses for computer analysis. Approximately 15 600 questionnaires were sent, with a response rate of 71.5%. This report is based on a subset of those data from students who were to be graduated from medical school in
Sacks JG. Our Future Colleagues. Arch Ophthalmol. 1991;109(3):337-338. doi:10.1001/archopht.1991.01080030039033