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February 5, 1992

See One, Do One, Teach One?

JAMA. 1992;267(5):653-654. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03480050057018

To the Editor.  —I found Dr Stitham's article "Educational Malpractice" to be disturbingly accurate.1 Unfortunately, the rest of the August 21, 1991, issue on medical education failed to address the legitimate concerns raised by this article. Admittedly, medical education today is fraught with problems which, like world hunger, are much harder to solve than to ignore. If we continue to ignore them, however, today's selftaught graduates will be ill-prepared to deal with tomorrow's challenges. First, I would like to pose several questions surrounding the widespread lack of quality, supervised, postgraduate education. Second, I would like to suggest several possible ways that we, as a profession, could renovate certain areas of medical education before the bureaucracy outside of medicine attempts to do so for us.Residents and medical students feel that they pay a significant price to be taught, but are they getting their money's worth? Is supervised, quality education