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February 5, 1992

See One, Do One, Teach One?

JAMA. 1992;267(5):653. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03480050057016

To the Editor.  —Dr Stitham's comments with respect to educational malpractice1 display an uncommon insight into a firmly entrenched pedagogical orientation that pervades medical education from top to bottom and, in turn, from bottom to top.Physicians charged with student and resident education in the community setting all too frequently adopt the university model as the gold standard, ie, see one, do one, and thereby you are competent to teach one. Should the student or resident fail to learn from your teaching, then obviously, he or she is at fault.Teacher accountability for student failure is as unsettling among medical educators as it is among all other teachers. Unfortunately, in undergraduate and graduate medical educa