Tag: Carnegie Foundation

  • Should we shorten medical school?

    We have been training physicians the same way for a century, ever since the famous Flexner Report of 1910. That report was commissioned by the Carnegie Foundation in an attempt to improve medical education. Up until then many medical schools were simply terrible. Many were proprietary schools, owned by doctors and run for profit rather…

  • How are doctors trained anyway? (Part 1: the historical background)

    A couple of conversations I’ve had with patients’ families over the past month have made me realize that many folks don’t know how our system produces a pediatrician, a radiologist, or a surgeon. And a lot of what people know is wrong. Physicians are so immersed in what we do that we forget that the…

  • How are doctors trained, anyway? (Part 1 — the past)

    A couple of conversations I’ve had with patients’ families over the past month have made me realize that many folks don’t know how our system produces a pediatrician, a radiologist, or a surgeon. And a lot of what people know is wrong. Physicians are so immersed in what we do that we forget that the…