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August 1974

Faculty Scholarship: Those Hallowed Halls of Vested Interest

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Ann Arbor, Mich

Arch Intern Med. 1974;134(2):384. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320200194031

Your "Educational Chic" editorial1 left some loose ends. Let me see if I follow your reasoning.

You argue that the medical education business is developing an infestation of Nonscholars. Imagine! People whose only qualification for teaching is a good-faith eagerness to teach. People who haven't puffed up their curricula vitae with trivia. People who haven't paid their dues scrambling for tenure as Distinguished Professors scrambled before them. People who haven't made rounds on grant-supported junkets to such thriving centers of academia as Honolulu, Las Vegas, and Miami Beach.

A university does not need scholars. Scholars need a university, a place where they can be scholarly without starving. The best university can count in its ranks but a handful of such persons. The rest of the faculty (your "critical scholars") do important but essentially humdrum verification and elaboration (your "scholarship in a specific fundamental or clinical discipline") of the scholars'

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