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A Piece of My Mind
December 8, 2015

The Greatest Generation

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco; and Medical Service, San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, San Francisco, California
JAMA. 2015;314(22):2353-2354. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.10622

“Medical students these days don’t know how to palpate a spleen” or “The modern resident is watching the clock, not his patients.” Such statements, which often herald protracted monologues at medical education conferences, are met with two types of responses: affirming head nods or exasperated eye rolling. I’m in the latter group. These rants are colorful and sometimes have shades of truth, but neuroscience, social science, and common courtesy suggest they have no place in medicine.

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