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August 26, 1933

THE MAKING OF A PRACTITIONER: THE SEVENTH ALPHA OMEGA ALPHA ANNUAL LECTURE

Author Affiliations

Dean, McGill University Faculty of Medicine MONTREAL

JAMA. 1933;101(9):652-657. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740340004002
Abstract

This is a society of honors undergraduates. It originated from a desire to cultivate the ideals of medicine in practice and research, to foster those qualities in the younger aspirants which enable them, as your motto states, "To become worthy to serve the suffering." It is this motto which tempts me to take advantage of my opportunity and discuss as my theme some of the vexing problems in medical education which aim at this joint ideal.

We live in the environment of a machine age. We are, I fear, slaves to systems of efficiency—to methods of medical training which impel us to turn out doctors by mass production. The student is nursed along, he is instructed, he is spoon fed to such an extent that he acquires the habit of mind which is apt to throw the responsibility for his education on the teacher.

Ready-made knowledge is like ready-made shoes

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