During the past decade, medical educators have become aware of a new breed of student among the hallowed amphitheaters of medical schools. At first glance, he bears little relationship to his predecessors who have been characterized over the years as being establishment people, totally immersed in their studies and relatively isolated and uninvolved with the political and social problems existing around them. To a considerable extent, the medical students of yesterday accepted the established traditions of medical teaching, training, and practice and rarely, at least in open forum, questioned the wisdom of authority—apparently wanting only to qualify for their rightful place in the medical and social hierarchy. But it seems that the observation of the well-known folk singer and hero of all under 30 years of age—Bob Dylan— applies to medicine: "The times they are α-changing."
The situation as it exists today in medical schools has been the subject