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October 1985

The GPEP Report—a Time for Change in Medical Education

Author Affiliations

From the Office of Medical Education at Children's Hospital National Medical Center and the Department of Child Health and Development, George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC.

Am J Dis Child. 1985;139(10):1026-1027. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1985.02140120072030

In 1981 the Association of American Medical Colleges created a panel on the General Professional Education of the Physician (GPEP) in response to the concern that physicians of today are not responding to the total well-being and needs of patients and their families. The panel assessed the current approaches to the education of physicians and concluded that, with new technical advances and the changing face of medicine, our present system of general professional education will be outdated and inadequate without new approaches to learning and teaching. In addition, mounting pressures have been exerted on most faculty to produce research, to generate increasing patient revenues through practice plans, and to actively participate in residency training, with less emphasis on student education. Therefore, the medical student has the responsibility to independently learn the majority of medical information, since faculty and residents are available to teach for only a limited amount of time.

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