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Article
May 23, 1959

MAJOR FACTORS INVOLVED IN RECONSTRUCTING THE MEDICAL CURRICULUM

Author Affiliations

Chicago

Associate Dean, Northwestern University Medical School.

JAMA. 1959;170(4):452-454. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010040048012
Abstract

The ferment and rapid changes characterizing the status of medical education in the past decade give every promise that future developments will cut deeply into the fabric of our present patterns for the preparation of the physician. There are probably a number of as yet unforeseen factors which will effect further alterations in our present concepts of the curriculum. Out of the many possible ones, I have chosen three topics to bring into focus in my discussion. They fall in the general areas of the student, a liberal education for medicine, and the changing social character of our population.

The Student  I would first like to turn attention to the students who will enter our medical schools of the future. A basic and integral part of any educational program, their qualities and abilities help mold to a considerable extent the nature of the program.Despite their importance in the scheme

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