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November 26, 1997

Research in Medical Education: 1998 Call for Papers

Author Affiliations

Ms Breedlove is Associate Editor, JAMA; Dr Hedrick is director, Division of Medical Education Products, American Medical Association, Chicago, Ill.

JAMA. 1997;278(20):1702-1703. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03550200078038

Medical education continues to face a relentless challenge to evolve. Over the past decade the call has been to broaden the primary care curriculum, deepen the integration of science with clinical practice, prepare physicians for an increasingly competitive medical marketplace, and along the way, produce an appropriate number of physicians with the skills required by a demographically more diverse and older population.

Now add to this the ethical grounding that will enable physicians to address the new issues posed by advances in molecular biology, as well as those arising from working within the constraints of managed care organizations; the communication skills that will evince cultural sensitivity to a patient's individual circumstances, belief system, and social background; a mastery of informatics that will ensure having available the most relevant, evidence-based research to inform decision making; and, above all, the resourcefulness, flexibility, and lifelong learning skills that will allow individuals to adapt