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Comment & Response
September 8, 2020

Reconfiguring Medical Education

Author Affiliations
  • 1Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
JAMA. 2020;324(10):1005-1006. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.10899

To the Editor As a professional educator, I received multiple copies of the Viewpoint by Dr Emanuel,1 forwarded to me by various colleagues. Each expected that the ideas of “transformation” and “reimagination” would be of interest to me, so they were a bit disappointed by my ennui.

As a white-haired professional educator, I have read similar articles for decades. The education literature presents a robust, 60-year history of forecasts for technological advancements to precipitate the demise of face-to-face education.2-4 Those conjectures persist, likely owing to exponential expansions in capacity of the machines that have been projected to replace teachers. Why has this transformation not occurred? Were 3 generations of scholars wrong in their projections, but Emanuel has it “figured out” this time? Will teachers ever be replaced by machines for preclinical medical education?