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January 18, 1965

Educating Tomorrow's Doctors

JAMA. 1965;191(3):255. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080030099026

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Soon after a revised program of medical education was introduced at Western Reserve, the present study was undertaken as one means of determining the effectiveness of the program. Twenty students were observed closely throughout their school career. A brief profile is given for each of the 20, and the thoughts, actions, and reactions of each are described at intervals in their progress through the school. There is a brief note on each one five years later.

There is some resemblance to the study at the University of Kansas published under the title Boys in White, which observed the development of students as they progressed through medical school. However, in Boys in White the students were studied as a group moving in a social system (the medical school), and the students' progress was viewed as a social-psychological phenomenon. In the present volume the 20 students are followed closely as individuals. While

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