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March 7, 1977

Recent Trends in Medical Education

JAMA. 1977;237(10):1009. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270370081034

The Macy Foundation over the years has held a number of conferences on medical education. This book briefly summarizes a survey taken to examine changes five years after a conference on curriculum. The main part consists of papers and discussion by educators from Canada and the United States at a new conference on trends and developments. Articles are grouped on the topics of students, curriculum in general, specific subjects, examinations, regional programs, and a forecast for 1985.

Students now are seen as more serious, of better quality, and more goal oriented. Curricular changes have introduced some new material and dropped some. A trend away from three-year and accelerated programs was detected. Early introduction of clinical material, courses on family practice, and use of self- or independent study were noted. Schools are returning to letter or numerical grades rather than mere pass-fail.

The increase in number of applications poses problems for