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Comment & Response
September 8, 2020

Reconfiguring Medical Education

Author Affiliations
  • 1St George’s University of London, London, United Kingdom
JAMA. 2020;324(10):1006-1007. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.10896

To the Editor As a current medical student, I agree with Dr Emanuel on the increasing trend of using technology for medical education.1 Technology is readily used by most medical students, and it is arguably a more effective, flexible method of learning. However, preclinical medical education is more than just learning a base of knowledge. Medical school is a place where students go to make personal connections and develop life experience. I do not believe an exclusively online education can provide that human experience. What happens to the comradery and friendships developed between peers? What happens to the inspiration that comes from face-to-face interaction with a particular professor? The lack of these interactions may produce a loss of humanity.

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