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August 10, 1970

Environment for Learning

JAMA. 1970;213(6):1026-1027. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170320054011

Medicine requires a never-ending process of self-education. The physician must develop a lifelong pattern of learning which should begin as early in the educational process as possible. The period of greatest intellectual growth occurs during medical school when professional attitudes also are being formed.

With so many new schools under development, planners should take account of the experience of those recently completed in design of educational environments. Medical schools are being built to train students for the practice of medicine, and the physical plant should reflect the educational goals of the particular school. An example is the thought behind the design of functional elements included in the new Milton S. Hershey Medical Center of The Pennsylvania State University. The Medical Sciences Building and University Teaching Hospital have been planned as an educational unit with many innovations to facilitate teaching.1

The physical facilities should provide an environment for the individual