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Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 2, Issue 2, Pages 91-94

Unresolved Crisis in Medical Education

1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Creighton University School of Medicine, 601 North 30th Street, Suite 4810, Omaha 68131, NE, USA
2Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, NE, USA

Received 18 February 1994; Accepted 7 July 1994

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A crisis exists in medical education. Changes in methodology have diverted attention from synthesis to mass accumulation of factual data. The response to this crisis has been largely focused on a shell game involving new pathways and curriculum changes without addressing the critical issue of what constitutes education. The ultimate problem in medical education is a crisis of leadership. Until education is given a priority status and the obligations to teach on the part of medical educators and to learn on the part of students are translated into a creative policy by those who can lead, the wheels of learning will continue to spin without significant progress.