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October 4, 1971

Convictions and Predictions on the Role of Internists in Medical Education

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and the Medical Service of the Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY.

JAMA. 1971;218(1):72-74. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03190140048009

The 1970s already are recognized as a decade of crises in health care. Because of their numbers and their relatively central position in health care, internists have heavy responsibilities for dealing with these crises. I shall express my views on only one of these responsibilities, that of education in the health professions.

My philosophy of education of physicians, both predoctoral and postdoctoral, is very simply stated. We learn chiefly from the study of patients as we are privileged to care for them, one by one, from the earliest clerkships of medical school to the last days of our professional careers. We read in textbooks, monographs and journals to seek answers to questions raised as we study and care for individual patients. The increasing flood of literature pouring into the library and across our desks does not overwhelm us if we learn how to use it with speed and diligence appropriate