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December 23, 1988

Panel Aims to Make Tomorrow's Physicians More Caring and Better-Trained Clinicians

JAMA. 1988;260(24):3562. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03410240020006

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A PLAN OF ACTION that could revolutionize the way physicians are trained in the United States may eventually result from initial steps taken at a recent national seminar on medical education.

Under the auspices of the New York Academy of Medicine and funded by the Josiah Macy, Jr Foundation, 34 participants and observers met last month in New York City. The working panel included medical school deans and professors, hospital officials, and representatives of medical associations and the federal government. Said David E. Rogers, MD, chair, "The group sought to bring its collective wisdom to bear on one deceptively simple question: How might we improve the clinical education of the physician of tomorrow?"

Rogers, who is Walsh McDermott Distinguished Professor of Medicine at Cornell University Medical College, New York City, and Barbara Gastel, MD, assistant dean for teaching and teaching evaluation, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, have