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March 20, 1967

Letter From an "Angry Student"

JAMA. 1967;199(12):947. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120120135037

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To the Editor:— Dr. David Seegal's commentary (199:31, 1967) on angry students and changes in medical education is timely but somewhat unjust. It is an oversimplification to label as angry students those undergraduates who agitate sincerely and articulately for improvement and reform. Anger is found only as an expression of disappointment. To brand a student as angry is to label him patronizingly as a stereotype at best and a poseur at worst. If a medical school is a student-directed institution, some emotional reaction in place of apathy from the student concerning his education is not at all inappropriate in circumstances that warrant it.

To the Editor:— Students are surprisingly aware of the difficulties of teaching well and are most appreciative of teaching skill. Most would wholeheartedly agree, I am sure, with Dr. Seegal's statement that "teaching future teachers to teach" would form an appropriate part of a medical school curriculum, yielding the