- Medical schools should require students to have studied biology, chemistry and physics at the college level before admission.
- First-year curriculum should include lecture and laboratory instruction in anatomy, histology, embryology, physiology and biochemistry.
- Second-year curriculum should include pharmacology, pathology, bacteriology and physical diagnosis.
- Students should have access to hospitals and dispensaries where they can get supervised clinical experience.
- Medical schools should have salaried faculty in both the basic and clinical sciences devoted to teaching and research.
Since that time, medical education has been evolving and changing to incorporate the additional tools made available to it. Live, classroom training has given way to remote, online training. Books are now accessed through IPads. And the geographic location of students is no longer a prevention when it comes to practicing interviewing skills for Standardized Patients. It is important that medical schools collectively keep up with the changing world of medical education.
"It's our job to make sure future physicians are prepared to deliver nothing but absolute excellence in patient care. Educational standards need to be refreshed, refined and improved as technology changes and the data fog thickens." ~ Dr. Cecil B. Wilson (AMA President)
By shifting the focus from simply emphasizing outcome measures to also including the competencies of physicians, medical schools have the ability to train the next generation of providers to be well-rounded and more able to treat patients from a variety of backgrounds.