Medical Education: One Size Does not Fit All

Lloyd B. Minor, Michael M.E. Johns

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The Flexner report provided a stimulus for dramatic changes in medical education. No longer would physicians be educated through loosely organized apprenticeships with unspecified training objectives and indeterminate lengths of servitude. While changes have occurred over time, the introduction of interactions with patients earlier in the course of the traditional 4-year medical school curriculum and less time passively sitting in large lecture halls, this model of medical education still exists today. Medical school education is rightly focused on creating the "stem cell" doctors graduates ready to pursue any path in the graduate medical education phase of their education. Advances in instructional methodologies such as online education, podcasts, new web- and app-based tools, and simulations will accelerate the development of more cohesive links between specific knowledge and skills and the different roles of physicians. The exchange of ideas and information among medical educators will play an important role in creation of the momentum required for success.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPerspectives on Complex Global Challenges
Subtitle of host publicationEducation, Energy, Healthcare, Security, and Resilience
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781118984123
ISBN (Print)9781118984093
StatePublished - Aug 18 2016


  • App based tools
  • Flexner report
  • Medical education
  • Medical school curriculum
  • Online education
  • Stem cell doctors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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