September 1958

Motion Pictures in Medical Education, with Particular Reference to the Undergraduate Phase

Author Affiliations

Chairman, Motion Picture Committee, American College of Surgeons.; From the Department of Surgery, University of Illinois College of Medicine.

AMA Arch Surg. 1958;77(3):303-312. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1958.01290030003001

In the graduate and postgraduate phases of medical education the value of motion pictures has become well recognized. However, in undergraduate medical education this is not fully appreciated as yet. My thesis is essentially "that every medical student should have an opportunity to see in good color motion picture photography every disease or condition about which he should be expected to know something, accompanied by discussion from his teacher appropriate to the importance of the subject."

It is generally conceded that the ideal in teaching is to have the student see personally as many clinical problems as possible, with an opportunity to take a history and examine and closely follow the patient with the aid and counsel of the teaching staff. Small discussion groups at the bedside or in conference rooms add further to this highly personalized type of teaching. Teaching such as this requires a great deal of time

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