Medical education

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 45, No. 5, June 2003, Page 210 Letters

I appreciate Dr George Price’s letter “Re: Learning and teaching med,” (BCMJ 2003;45[2]:72-73). I too believe that medical education suffered when professors and GFTs took over much of the teaching formerly done by experienced practising doctors. I agree also that if good clinical teachers are to be re-recruited, they will have to be accorded compensation commensurate with their contributions. The insultingly paltry honoraria of yesteryear will suffice no longer.

Similarly I believe that nursing education deteriorated when it was moved from the hospital ward to the university classroom. In my later years of practice it seemed that many new nurses appeared on the scene believing that the patient’s chart was more important than the patient.

The dinosaur groans again.

—A.M. Krisman, MD

A. Krisman, MD. Medical education. BCMJ, Vol. 45, No. 5, June, 2003, Page(s) 210 - Letters.

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